This custom Aerios road bike is currently for sale in Northridge through Craigslist for $4,500, "No shipping, no trades, local pick up and cash only."
Authorities announced they have arrested a crew of bike thieves who used Facebook, Craigslist and other sites to connect with their targets.
Ultimately, the crooks made off with nearly 200 high-end, custom-made bicycles over a two-year period with a total value of about $250,000, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department -- and now deputies are just trying to find the rightful owners.
Following a bike theft in Rancho Cucamonga which deputies say they watched through surveillance, authorities arrested 23-year-old Julian Herrera of Los Angeles, 21-year-old Jaime Herrera of Panorama City and 24-year-old Alberto Mejia of Colton.
“These burglars would identify their prospective targets from the persons selling expensive bicycles on Craigslist” as well as Facebook and White Pages Online, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “After establishing a dialogue about the bicycles with the sellers, the suspects would learn enough information to identify the residences where the bicycles were being kept.” The targets were homes located across Southern California in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.
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Roshaun "Kevin" Nakia Porter
Federal prosecutors today announced the indictment of a Long Beach man accused of meeting women on Craigslist in order to force them into being his prostitutes.
Roshaun Nakia Porter, who also goes by Kevin, operated a prostitution ring in Orange County -- and filled its ranks by luring vulnerable women into relationships with him, then threatening them and their families -- according to a government press release.
Porter, 36, allegedly met the women by placing ads on Craigslist and SeekingArrangement.com. He let them believe he was interested in a normal monogamous relationship, then pressed them into becoming sex traffickers, prosecutors say.
He was arraigned Monday in federal court after being indicted by a federal grand jury. Porter is charged with two counts of sex trafficking by coercion and two counts of forced labor, and faces life in prison if convicted.
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Aerosmith singer chats with a fan in the VIP section of Coachella in 2008.
Ebay wins for the highest priced package: four 3-day VIP passes for $23,810.00. Stubhub has hundreds of tickets selling for thousands of dollars with a range of about $559 to $1,500 per General Admission pass. Craigslist is a sea of scams and swaps with many ads coming in a hundreds of dollars above face value.
The official Coachella site is also a resource for post-sold out options. There you'll find everything from hysteria, to borderline prostitution, to optimists with sales data charts telling people to calm down and wait it out.
For fans who spent hours battling the cue, never got through, and left ticketless and blue, there's no shortage of places to vent. Don't let your unrequited festival feelings go unheard. Twitter and Tumblr understand.