Mesa County authorities are warning residents to use extra care and caution when meeting people you don’t know to buy or sell stuff after a woman met someone to look at a car to buy, and the seller tried to rob her.
On January 17, a 22-year-old woman went to a car wash at 3234 F Road to meet up with someone who said they were selling a car on Facebook Marketplace.
When the victim arrived at the location, just before 9:00 o’clock at night, a person in a dark-colored SUV can be seen pulling up on surveillance video.
The woman says that person, on foot, then pointed a gun at her through the window. The woman drove away.
Authorites say the person got out of a white sedan before walking up to the car, then got back in that car and drove off.
Investigators are looking for information on that white car, both passenger and driver.
Another vehicle, that was in the car wash at the time could have information, too. Investigators say a truck with a utility bed was being washed during the incident and was seen leaving a short time later.
If you have any information on the case, call the non -emergency dispatch line at 970-242-6701 or report it to Crime Stoppers by calling 241-STOP(7867).
The Sheriff’s Office also included in their release a warning and reminder for those who are looking to buy or sell goods online.
Online sales sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc are useful tools to buy and sell items. But Buyer Beware, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a release. If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research and if you do decide to go ahead with the transaction agree to meet in a neutral location that is well lit with plenty of people around.
As a reminder: The Grand Junction Police Department has designated parking spaces for these types of exchanges. They’re called the “Safe to Exchange Zone. We put a link to more information in our ‘related links’ section.