Police: Teen arrested in Craigslist cell phone robbery - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Police: Teen arrested in Craigslist cell phone robbery

Jacquon Smith (Source: Charleston DPS) Jacquon Smith (Source: Charleston DPS)

A Charleston teen is accused of robbing a women during a Craigslist transaction.

Jacquon Smith, 17, of Charleston is charged with robbery second degree. 

He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail on $50,000 cash or surety bond.

It happened on Dec. 16 in the 500 block of West Ada.

Police say a woman from Fairdealing, Mo. had made arrangements to sell her cell hone on Craigslist

Police say she arrived in town to make the sale, the phone was taken from her and the suspect ran away on foot.

Police say this is the third Craigslist related robbery in less than a week.

Marquelis Andrews, 18, of Charleston is charged with robbery second degree, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say the victim in this case traveled from Perryville to Charleston on Dec. 15 to sell a phone he had listed on Craigslist.

Police remind people to be careful when making transactions like this. They recommend doing all transactions on the parking lot of the Department of Public Safety.

Several police agencies in the Heartland have offered their parking lots for Craigslist transactions.

This includes the Farmington Police Department who recently announced, effective immediately, it is offering its parking lot as a "safelot" for Craigslist and other social media transactions.

They say the building is staffed 24/7 with an assortment of full-time dispatchers, weekday personnel and police officers coming and going at all hours of the day and night. It is not necessary to have an officer present during the exchange, however if an officer is requested to be present, police say they will make every effort to make one available in a timely manner.

Police say they would appreciate your call notifying them of your arrival on the parking lot. If you have any questions, you can call the office at 573-756-6686.

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