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Knightdale man charged in Craigslist ad burglary

Posted August 3, 2010

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— A Knightdale man is out of jail on bond after being charged in a home burglary that stemmed from an ad on Craigslist.

Raleigh police arrested Johnny Keith, 33, of 7172 Limewood St., on July 23 with breaking and entering and larceny.

According to a search warrant returned Monday for his home, investigators said Keith broke into a Raleigh home on July 7 after the victim, Manuel Saint-Lot, received a call a from a man interested in a TV he had placed on the online classified advertising site.

A woman, who identified herself as Monique, called later and asked about his work schedule so she could schedule a time to look at the TV, the warrant stated.

"The victim was given the impression that this was the first caller's female companion," investigators wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

Saint-Lot was robbed of a 40-inch LED TV, a Dell laptop computer and Xbox while he was at work, police said.

Investigators found a palm print in the victim's apartment that matched Keith's, the warrant indicated.

The warrants go on to say that 10 days after the burglary at Saint-Lot's, a Raleigh woman reported that several pieces of silver place settings were taken from her home while she was away.

She, too, had received calls from the same number used in the first case, investigators said.

Man's Craigslist ad leads to burglary Man's Craigslist ad leads to burglary

According to court records, Keith has an arrest record in Wake County dating to 1993. He has been arrested nine times on 21 charges, mostly involving drugs.

Sgt. Bill McGregor, with the Raleigh Police Department, said investigators are see in more cases similar to this one in which thieves are looking for potential victims on online classifieds sites.

"Craigslist is a great place to get rid of merchandise that you want to sell," McGregor said. "However, you need to make sure you don't give the people calling information such as your home address, your hours of work, what time you're going to be away from your house or your apartment."

In a separate case in June, a Craigslist deal turned violent in Wake County after, investigators say, a Raleigh man was held at gunpoint by two sisters.

Authorities said Ibrahima Diouf had agreed to meet Acqua Bullock, 21, and Sherida Bullock, 28, both of 306 Windy Hill Drive, to buy six cell phones.

Instead, the women allegedly held Diouf at gunpoint and started shooting when he did not give them money.

Diouf wasn't hurt, but a bullet hit his car.

Each woman faces one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, the Wake County Sheriff's Office said.

Both were in the Wake County jail Tuesday morning under a $125,000 bond.

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  • marinewife101 Aug 4, 2010

    This is why I'm so weary about posting things on craigslist. Never know who you are dealing with!

  • BubbaDuke Aug 4, 2010

    Johnny Keith should be on death row. Repeat offenders should be dead offenders.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Aug 4, 2010

    imyourhighness69, I think you would attempt to purchase any electronics the same way you would on Ebay or any other online retailer by asking good questions and making a determination about the seller's honesty and reliability. If at the point of sale you need some further reassurance, keep asking questions. I simply don't feel comfortable walking into a stranger's house or letting them into my own.
    p007t
    GOLO member since August 3, 2010
    August 3, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Ebay has a feedback forum to ensure sellers integrity. Craigslist has nothing. You can ask all the questions you want and if I was selling a busted TV I would lie lie lie. You can also use Paypal through Ebay for some more assurance. Once you give me that cash from Craigslist Im out.

  • beachboater Aug 4, 2010

    Just another case of someone too sorry to work for a living. It's easier to let someone else work, and then just go and take it.

  • p007t Aug 3, 2010

    imyourhighness69, I think you would attempt to purchase any electronics the same way you would on Ebay or any other online retailer by asking good questions and making a determination about the seller's honesty and reliability. If at the point of sale you need some further reassurance, keep asking questions. I simply don't feel comfortable walking into a stranger's house or letting them into my own.

  • 2opinionated Aug 3, 2010

    k2tsl38....oh no apparently we don't know how to do that. Let's rehabilitate him and see how many more crimes he can committ maybe they won't be violent ones.

  • 2opinionated Aug 3, 2010

    What is up with 9 times and 21 charges ??? I would think that makes him habitual criminal...not like our govt cares. I did like the Iran comment. Funny but true. Some people are ignorant to give out such information without thinking. Too bad victim wasn't home on lunch with pistol when he broke in. It is hard to sell a large item on CL without giving out address and certain info but let's not make it any easier for these criminals. Think people.

  • k2tal38 Aug 3, 2010

    Lock him up and throw away the key!! LOL

  • 007KnightRider Aug 3, 2010

    imyourhighness69 - Your comment made me laugh, lol.

    Everyone please be careful buying and selling from Craigslist.

  • Rebelyell Aug 3, 2010

    Justice system fails again. In Iran he would have not been able to commit offenses number 5 through 21 due to missing limbs.

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