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Craiglist bike “buyers” ride away without purchasing in Roseville

When two sellers of high-end bicycles allowed test-drives of their bikes, the Craigslist “buyers” just kept right on riding away in Roseville.

The first Roseville seller met a man at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 13 at a coffee shop parking lot in the 1400 block of East Roseville Parkway to sell him the bike he advertised on the online classified ad site. He was last seen pedaling away.

Less than an hour later, another Roseville resident met a Craigslist “buyer” in a parking lot at the Galleria Mall. The man did not return from his test ride.

Neither theft victim had the man’s name. The cell phone number linked to the man was for a non-traceable pre-paid phone.

The thief is described as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build. He was wearing a hat, flannel shirt and jeans.

One victim asked to hold the suspect’s wallet and keys during the test drive. The keys were not traceable to any residence or car. Inside the wallet was a few dollars, but no identification.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.