Man Gets 13.5 Years for Luring Victims Via Craigslist

Charged with five counts of armed robbery and one count of “brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence,” Lavunte Collins was sentenced in federal court to 13 1/2 years in prison for using Craigslist to lure his victims with the promise of cheap iPhones. The robberies in an outer suburb of Atlanta — and other violent Craigslist-related crimes across the United States, including multiple slayings — have sparked wariness among some Internet bargain hunters and given police department parking lots a second life as a place to buy stuff from strangers.