Series of thefts targeted those who advertised Apple products on Craigslist

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - One alleged thief is linked to a series of crimes victimizing people who had advertised Apple products on Craigslist, police say.

Between Oct. 27 and 28, three victims reported having their Apple products stolen in very similar ways. Each had advertised the device or devices on Craigslist and was contacted by a potential buyer. All were asked to bring their items to a Walgreens pharmacy, where the suspect would ask to see them before running off.

In the first instance, the victim had two iPhone5s stolen by two black males at the pharmacy located 4305 E. Platte Ave. in Colorado Springs. Police say another victim lost an iPhone5 and an iPhone4 to a single black male at the same pharmacy one day later.

Less than twenty minutes later, the third victim lost an iPad Mini to the same scam outside the Walgreens at 1920 S. Chelton Rd.

Detectives placed their own advertisement for an iPhone on Craigslist on Oct. 29 and say they were contacted by a buyer within hours. They made arrangements to meet at the Walgreens at 1920 S. Chelton Rd.

Police say the suspect again grabbed the phone and tried to run away, but this time was caught by officers and K-9 officers.

Alexander David Lee Mitchell is being charged with three counts of felony theft from an at-risk adult and police say more arrests are anticipated.

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