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Craigslist iPhone sale becomes Calif. armed robbery, cops say

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Craigslist transaction becomes armed robbery
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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) - Authorities say a man who hoped to buy an iPhone from a stranger he found on Craigslist was instead robbed at gunpoint.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Martinez says the man arranged via the classifieds web site to pay $500 for the phone.

He met the seller behind a Carl's Jr. restaurant in unincorporated Temple City Saturday afternoon.

Martinez says upon meeting, the seller pulled out a semiautomatic pistol, took the victim's cash and fled on foot.

The Los Angeles Times says the victim provided a description of the suspect to investigators, but no arrests had been made.