Charges: Man used Craigslist to sell random stranger's trailer

TACOMA, Wash. -- A 27-year-old Tacoma resident used Craigslist to sell a random stranger's trailer out from under her, stealing the unwitting buyer's $900 and cellphone in the process, according to charges filed Wednesday with Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, the victim drove to Tacoma from Vancouver in order to buy a trailer being advertised for sale on Craigslist by Craig Massey.

She picked Massey up and they drove together to the trailer, which was parked on a cul-de-sac on Bel Air Road. Once they arrived, Massey said he didn't have the keys to the trailer and had the victim drop him off at another location so he could pick them up.

According to the charging documents, Massey returned with a set of keys and gave the victim a handwritten bill of sale in exchange for $900.

While the victim walked around the trailer, Massey grabbed a cellphone out of her truck and ran off with her phone and cash, according to the charging documents.

After Massey was gone, a woman came out of a nearby house and told the victim the trailer belonged to her and was not for sale. She said she had no idea who would be trying to sell the trailer.

The phone number on the original Craigslist ad belonged to Massey's mother. She later told police all her children had permission to use her cellphone.

According to the charging documents, a detective found Massey at his mother's Tacoma home and told him he wanted to get his side of the story.

Massey, who began to shake and sweat immediately, reportedly admitted to posting the ad for the trailer but denied stealing the victim's $900 (this despite the fact that the detective had yet to mention anything about the theft of $900).

According to the charging documents, Massey also claimed he left the victim's cellphone in some woods (it was later found under his mother's couch) and was only selling the trailer for a friend named Sam (but he couldn't give any more information about that).

He also later reportedly claimed that someone else had posted the Craigslist ad and that the victim wanted him to buy drugs for her.

Massey has been charged with theft.