Police make arrest in armed Craigslist robberies

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BELLEVUE, Pa. - Police announced charges Tuesday against a 28-year-old Butler man in connection with two armed robberies in Bellevue earlier this month.

According to police, Franklin Terry contacted his victims through Craigslist and offered to purchase video game systems. But before doing the deal, he would surprise the sellers, according to investigators.

“I’m just glad they caught him,” one of the alleged victims said.

The victim said a man contacted him and set up a meeting to purchase a Play Station 4. They agreed to meet at an intersection in Bellevue. However, the alleged victim said he was robbed at gunpoint.

“I was making a sale, and he pulled up with a gun to my head and he just robbed me. I was thinking, ‘Is he going to pull the trigger?’” the man said.

According to police, Terry is accused of a similar robbery hours earlier in the CVS parking lot.

Investigators said they found the stolen items for sale on Terry’s Instagram account.

“We pretty much got most of our stuff through social media,” Bellevue police Officer Gary Neugebauer said.

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Authorities said Terry was out on parole for drug violations. He now remains jailed without bond.