LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two South Pasadena men are in custody on suspicion of robbing a man who answered their Craigslist ad to buy an iPhone.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Kim said Sunday that 19-year-old Daniel So and 20-year-old Garrett Helstrom were arrested after an investigation by the sheriff’s gang unit.

The victim, a Lawndale man, was robbed Feb. 19 after he arranged via the classifieds web site to pay $500 for the phone. Kim says the victim met So behind a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in unincorporated Temple City. Upon meeting, So allegedly pulled out what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol, took the victim’s cash and fled on foot.

Deputies found a replica of a semi-automatic handgun and suspected stolen property in Helstrom’s car.

City News Service reports the suspects are being held on $100,000 bail.

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Comments (11)
  1. HollywoodSaint says:

    Nuke those idiots!

  2. drozone69 says:

    Why are they always attacking CL? it does millions of transactions daily and newspapers hate them for this.I have fouind employer,landlord,and girlfriend in that order for free.These 3 idiots would have done the same thing via crayons and paper in order to meet.This is why they try and give CL a blackeye.This is not newsworthy.

  3. Josh Butts says:

    Don’t meet someone behind a building. Come on! How many times you need to be told. Meet in a public place.

  4. Jimmy Cruz says:

    Meet at the police station or in church!!!!

  5. Chris says:


  6. scott says:

    hahah….very funny……..

  7. socalmal says:

    Amy, you’re WAY off. I’ve sold lots of thing on Craigslist and traded in the “barter” section too. You just have to have half a brain to figure out what’s a good deal, what are safe, sensible arrangements. Craigslist opponents want to shut it down because the can’t make a profit off of these PRIVATE FREE transactions.

    You probably want the “free” stuff all to yourself…

  8. DUMMY says:

    Only takes a couple of bad apples to ruin it for everyone else.. Back behind Carl’s Jr? Who meets strangers in back alleys?? Stupido!

  9. Heya says:

    I’m glad they nabbed those two crooks off the street. Chances are, they’ll just get a slap on the wrist.

  10. TrueBlue says:

    If they didn’t want to meet in public, then you know it’s a bad deal!
    Meet in public. Don’t go alone
    Common sense was lost here…

  11. BerrySter says:

    Some Craigslist helpful info:
    1. I never tell seller I’m ‘sold’ on item sight unseen.
    2. High dollar electronic items hold the highest risk (just Google “craigslist robberies”)
    3. Meet inside a store, one that has a CCTV camera is best.
    4. Robberies can happen anywhere, even in broad daylight;
    If you get robbed, throw money in one direction and run in the other.
    Money flying in the air + people = Lots of attention.
    *Meeting in a government building is always best, like city hall or a public library. They also carry major enhancements for firearm use in the commission of a felony.

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