BENICIA -- Officers arrested a 19-year-old Oakland man after he arranged to meet a person who wanted to buy an iPhone at a parking lot in Concord, then brandished a revolver and stole the buyer's cash, police said.
Cristoph Ebert-Stallworth listed an iPhone 5 for sale on Craigslist, then arranged to meet the buyer at a supermarket parking lot at 5190 Clayton Road, police said. When the buyer showed up, agreed to the deal and offered the cash, Ebert-Stallworth brandished the gun, took the money and fled in a green 1992 Lexus.
The buyer reported the theft, and a Concord police officer spotted the suspect's car a short time later on northbound Interstate 680. The officer followed the suspect at a distance, without attempting a traffic stop or initiating a pursuit, while arranging for other officers to get in position to stop the car.
Officers stopped the car and arrested Ebert-Stallworth without incident in Benicia, on northbound Interstate 780. They recovered both the cash and the gun used in the robbery.
Police advise anyone looking to buy or sell items through sites like Craigslist to meet buyers or sellers in well-populated, well-lit public places.