Craigslist motorcycle seller robbed at gun point

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In order to fix her house Cathleen Walker-Salazar and her husband needed to sell their motorcycle. A 2005 Suzuki GSXR75 with a custom orange and black flaming skulls paint job. The Salazars posted an ad for the bike on craigslist asking for $5,200 dollars. When an interested buyer responded Salazar thought their financial problem was solved.

"This guy called he said he was from out of town. He asked my husband to meet him at the Harley Davidson. He drove the bike up here to meet him," said Walker-Salazar.

According to the police report Walker-Salazars husband agreed to meet the potential buyer at night in the parking lot of the Harley Davidson Dealership on Dorchester Road. Upon arrival the victim saw two men waiting in an older model black F-150 truck parked on the opposite side of the parking lot. Then one man left the truck and started walking towards him. Once the man got close enough he pulled a gun on the victim, then drove off on the bike.

"Everyone knows that there is crime out there but no one ever realizes that this could happen to me and I think it was one of those moments," said Walker-Salazar.

Walker-Salazar said she's sold items on Craigslist before with no problems. North Charleston Police Detective James Walley said this is an Craigslist crime they've seen before. There are tips online sellers and buyers can use to protect themselves.

"Try to avoid especially buying something or selling something to someone who's not local," said Walley.

Walley suggests meeting people in daylight in a well populated areas. He said never agree to meet at your house or theirs.

"And sometimes people think meeting in the back parking lot of the mall is a safe place but sometimes that can be kind of deserted as well," said Walley.