Shot fired at Savannah Mall; Craigslist transaction gone awry

(Courtesy: American Deli Savannah Mall-surveillance video)

SAVANNAH, Ga.- SCMPD confirms the victim of an attempted robbery fired a shot in the parking lot of Savannah Mall outside the food court. The robbery was due to a Craiglist’s transaction gone awry.

According to Savannah Mall General Manager, the incident took place just before 2 p.m. when Nicholas Rivera, 28 met another man for a Craigslist transaction of a laptop computer. The unidentified suspect took the computer and ran out of the mall with Rivera chasing him.

Once outside police said Rivera fired a warning shot into the air and then continued following the suspect when he entered a burgundy sedan with at least three other occupants. The sedan fled toward Highway 204.

The robbery suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion, possibly in his late teens to early 20’s. The suspect was clean-shaven with his hair styled in twists or a short afro. During the incident he wore a black jacket and blue jeans. No charges have been filed at this time.

Anyone with information on this case should call CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

SCMPD urges citizens to make safety the highest priority when buying and selling goods advertised online. The public is reminded of the following safety tips:

  • Utilize police precincts as meeting places.
  • Avoid meeting to buy or sell items alone.
  • Always advise a friend or loved one of your plans to buy or sell items.
  • Arrive early and position yourself to observe and evaluate your surroundings and individuals you are scheduled to meet. If something makes you uneasy, leave immediately.
  • Buyers and sellers always should meet in public highly populated places during daylight or business hours.
  • Always take a working cellular phone to alert police of emergencies.
  • Never invite strangers into your home and avoid entering their residences.
  • Avoid posting personal information online.
  • Have several adults present when selling heavy items that are difficult to remove from your home.
  • Keep valuables out of view.
  • Be leery of purchasers attempting to use cashier’s check from out-of-state or outside of the country. These may be counterfeit.



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