Slidell Police bust Craigslist thief
SLIDELL - A woman in Slidell was busted by an undercover police officer after she tried to sell a stolen cell phone on Craigslist last weekend.
19-year-old India Carmouche was booked on charges of possession of stolen property and resisting an officer Sunday.
Carmouche came into possession of the phone on Saturday afternoon at a Slidell Wal-Mart. The victim was scanning his items at the self-checkout registers when he left his cell phone on top of a drink cooler. As he turned his back, police said Carmouche took the phone and left the store.
The victim said he expected he would never see his phone again, so he purchased a new one the same day. Later that night, he was shocked to see his stolen phone listed for sale while he was browsing through Craigslist.
The victim contacted Slidell Police, and an undercover officer contacted the phone number listed on the advertisement. India Carmouche answered and agreed to meet with the officer at a local restaurant to make the transaction.
Police said the woman was in for quite a surprise when the officer identified himself as law enforcement and placed her under arrest. Carmouche was so surprised that she tried to flee from the officer, but she was quickly apprehended by other officers who were doing surveillance in the area.
“We quite frequently warn legitimate buyers and sellers about the dangers of Craigslist, but rarely do we issue a warning to criminals. So let this be a warning to all the criminals out there. You may also become a ‘victim’ on Craigslist when trying to sell stolen property,” says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. “Slidell is not the place to conduct illegal Craigslist transactions.”