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Man’s car is stolen while giving test drive to person he met on Craigslist

Tylan Hurt

PITTSBORO, Ind. – An Indianapolis man is facing an armed robbery charge after allegedly stealing a car from a man he met on Craigslist.

Pittsboro police responded to the carjacking in the area of U.S. 136 and Mitchell Ave. shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, the victim said he had been on a test drive with a man he met on Craigslist when the suspect stopped the car, pulled out a gun, ordered the victim out of the vehicle and took off.

An officer investigating the incident later spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle reportedly fled from the officer, but ended up crashing into a ditch in the area of Frontage Rd. and C.R. 275E.

The driver was apprehended and identified as 21-year-old Tylan Hurt. He was transported to the Hendricks County Jail.

Pittsboro police offered the following tips for those buying or selling things online:

  1. Trust your instincts.
  2. Don’t go alone.
  3. Insist to meet at a public place such as a police department.
  4. Do not meet in a secluded area.
  5. Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  6. Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
  7. Perform the transaction during daylight hours.
  8. If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is.
  9. Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.
  10. Take your cell phone with you.

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