E-Sting: Man Finds Items Stolen from Him Listed on, Calls Cops

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | February 7, 2014 | 4:47 PM EST

If you are ever the victim of a burglary, you may want to log into Craigslist to see if the perpetrator is trying to sell your items online.

A Maryland man stumbled across items that had been stolen from his property a week earlier listed as being for sale on the classifieds website.

With the help of local authorities the victim contacted the seller and agreed to buy the items from him.  When the seller met with the victim to complete the transaction, the seller was arrested.

The victim recognized the seller as someone who he had seen near his property on the day of the burglary.  

It wasn't exactly a sting worthy of a Hollywood crime thriller.  The suspected perpetrator is charged with stealing less than $1000 dollars worth of items from the victims shed.

It is unclear as to whether the victim was actively searching for his stolen items on Craigslist or if he came upon them purely by coincidence. However, this is not the first time that someone has come across items that they had stolen being sold on the Internet.  

In 2012 a Los Angeles man found a car that had been stolen from him 42 years earlier on Ebay.