Two laptops stolen in Craigslist deal gone bad

Two laptops stolen in Craigslist deal gone badSANTA CRUZ — A woman stole two laptop computers from a Santa Cruz man Friday night after she made arrangements to purchase them, Santa Cruz police said.

The 38-year-old victim advertised the laptops on Craigslist when the suspect contacted him, Sgt. Christian LeMoss said.

After agreeing to meet at 25 River St., the victim waited for the suspect around 8:30 p.m. The suspect showed up in a car, handed the victim an envelope and quickly took the laptops, LeMoss said.

The victim struggled with the suspect to get the laptops and the victim was dragged to the suspect’s car, which had a driver inside. After the suspect got into the car, the car pulled away, dragging the victim a short distance, LeMoss said.

“He’s lucky he didn’t get run over,” LeMoss said.

The victim had minor scrapes on his knees.

The envelope the suspect gave to the victim contained counterfeit money. The bogus money was strewn about the parking lot in the struggle.

The primary suspect is described as a 5-foot, 25-year-old white woman with auburn hair, weighing 140 pounds. There were two other suspects in the car.

The car, which was reported stolen, was a gold Acura Legend with the California license plate 4JUU461, LeMoss said.

Santa Cruz police ask anyone with information to call the anonymous tipline at 831-420-5995 or leave a tip at or on its cellphone application at

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