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Two arrested in Fayetteville Craigslist scheme

Posted June 28, 2010

— Fayetteville police on Monday announced the arrests of a man and woman who are accused of operating a scam on Craigslist.

Laprecia Ancrum Lesane and Christopher Michael Dillard, both 29, were arrested in Buford, Ga., on Friday after Fayetteville police received a tip from a citizen there who recognized the suspects from an online posting the department sent out on June 4.

Investigators say Lesane and Dillard advertised on Craigslist for rental apartments that they did not own and took payments from victims. At least seven people reported being defrauded.

A citizen in Buford confirmed the identity of Lesane and Dillard after a Google search produced results showing the pair was wanted in Fayetteville on several fraud related charges. Police then discovered that the suspects would be in a local store to purchase TV sets on Friday afternoon.

"After coordinating with the Gwinnette Sheriff’s office in Buford ... a sting operation was put in place," Fayetteville police said in a news release. "Once the suspects went inside the business, officers converged and arrested the suspects."

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will extradite the suspects back to North Carolina.


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  • Moabit Jul 2, 10:20 a.m.

    Surprise, surprise.

  • BubbaDuke Jul 2, 8:25 a.m.

    Law Enforcement Officers.....

    Another drain on tax-payers to house and care for these scum. They are blessed to have been born in a country that doesn't perform amputations and branding for thieves.

  • Anonymouse1 Jun 29, 5:20 p.m.

    Law enforcement officers

  • #24WarrensABeast Jun 29, 10:55 a.m.

    What's LEO'S???

  • imdicktrickle Jun 28, 2:48 p.m.

    Awesome work by the police!

  • Justin T. Jun 28, 2:48 p.m.

    I think the suspect's mom should have checked her grammar before naming her kid.

  • GO GT2 Jun 28, 2:37 p.m.

    She looks so happy... just like what her victims must have looked like when she stole their money.. good job LEO's.

  • bindimon Jun 28, 2:33 p.m.


  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jun 28, 12:14 p.m.

    "Check your grammer, before critizes someone elses."


  • tarheel4life Jun 28, 11:39 a.m.

    kellywiggins2001, you seem to be confused on the meaning (and spelling) of the word grammar. I simply asked why the poster felt it necessary to type in ALL CAPS. I said nothing about anyones grammar.

    Though with the way you butchered the word 'criticize' I can only assume you're joking around....as it's really takes a significant amount of effort to misspell a word that badly.