GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A Craigslist transaction in Garfield Heights went horribly wrong for the seller after the man meeting him to buy his four-wheeler took off with it instead.
Twenty-year-old Shawn Cricks is out $3,500 after everything went wrong when he went to sell his ATV.
He thought he was doing everything right when he met the prospective buyer.
Cricks spent a lot of time personalizing his four wheeler over the past three and a half years.
"It's a 2001 6060 Raptor," he said. "The front headlights have carbon black and silver over them."
It was a big decision for him to sell it.
"I've actually been looking to buy a chipper to start a little business and I had to sell the four-wheeler to buy the chipper," Cricks said.
Cricks put up an ad on Craigslist and after talking to one prospective buyer on the phone and through text messages for the last three months, he decided to sell his four wheeler to him.
He met the man at Garfield Park Reservation around 10:30 in the morning on Saturday. He thought a public place like the park would be safe.
When he jumped the four wheeler's battery and turned back to his truck, "the guy took off. No warning, no nothing," he said.
"I was pretty freaking upset, I can tell you that."
On its website, Craigslist tells its users to practice common sense.
• Meeting in a public meeting place like a cafe, bank, or shopping center.
• Don't invite strangers into your home.
• Tell a friend or family member where you're going.
• Consider having a friend accompany you.
• Trust your instincts.
Cricks followed many of those tips and even took his cousin with him to the park.
But the best piece of advice may be to make that transaction right in front of a police station.
Cricks said this guy had him fooled.
"He seemed pretty nice until he got on and took off," he said.
Garfield Heights Police have not found Shawn's ATV yet.
We called the phone number Shawn was given from the buyer. It has been turned off.
Cricks is offering a $500 reward to get his four-wheeler back.
Its VIN number is JY4AM013X1A008912.
You can call Garfield Heights Police or email Shawn Cricks directly at Stihlclimber660@gmail.com with any information.
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