Des Moines police have arrested five teens in a string of robberies stemming from Craigslist ads.
A robbery report was made Tuesday afternoon by an individual who was meeting a prospective buyer for some expensive headphones he had advertised on Craigslist. When the victim arrived in the 1300 block of E. 36th Ct. he was threatened by two suspects with a gun. The victim was able to get away without injury.
Another report came in an hour later about a robbery involving an iPad that had also been listed on Craigslist. The second incident happened at E.14th and University. The suspects showed a gun and fled on foot. Officer Darin Miller located the suspects in the case a short time later and took them into custody. Property linking them to the robbery was found and other suspects in the cases were also arrested.
Through interviewing the suspects, detectives were able to link them to two earlier Craigslist robberies that happened on January 5th & 6th.
One 14-year-old male is charged with four counts of first degree robbery. Another 14-year-old male is charged with one count of first degree robbery and interference with official acts. They have been charged as juveniles.
Two 17-year-old males and a 16-year-old male are each charged as adults with two counts of first degree robbery.