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Craigslist Thief Scams Harlem Resident out of $3,500 Dirt Bike, Police Say

By Dartunorro Clark | September 12, 2016 2:30pm
 The suspect showed the victim cash before hopping on the bike and riding off, police said.
The suspect showed the victim cash before hopping on the bike and riding off, police said.
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HARLEM — An East Harlem man trying to sell a dirt bike online was swindled by a Craigslist scammer, police said.

The 32-year-old man met with the suspect after he responded to the online ad on Sept. 4 asking to check out the the blue 2015 Yamaha YZ125 Motocross motorcycle, police said.

The victim asked for $3,800 for the bike but the suspect talked him down to $3,500, police said.

The suspect showed the victim the cash but didn't hand it over right away, police said.

The victim then handed the suspect the registration papers before kneeling to unscrew the bike’s old state plates. That’s when the suspect hopped on the bike and drove off, police said.

The suspect fled eastbound on East 120th Street and Pleasant Avenue, police said.

The suspect was identified as 20 years old, 5-foot-9 and about 180 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).