A couple moving from St. Louis paid over a thousand dollars up front to what they thought was a moving company. But when they got to their new home in Charlotte, North Carolina, none of their belongings — valued at $30,000 — had arrived.
Kiran Reddy and his wife, Deepthi Myana, hired 33-year-old Deandre Robinson using Craigslist. The couple paid him $1,100 up front and agreed to pay another $300 once their belongings were delivered.
There was just one problem – Robinson never delivered any of their things.
Robinson had placed a bogus ad under the name “Robinson Moving LLC,” pretending to be a legitimate operation. However, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, no business license in Missouri matches that name.
The newspaper also reported that one of the movers called Reddy saying that their belongings would need to be moved to another delivery truck, but that their things would still get to Charlotte on time. But once the couple arrived in town, they got another call saying the truck had broken down on a highway near their new home – and that was the last they heard.
The couple later discovered the Craigslist ad had been taken down. It was then that they knew they’d been taken and contacted police. Authorities used the phone number from the ad to track down Robinson.
More from the Post-Dispatch:
Police tried to interview Robinson, but he would not answer their questions, court records say. He was arrested and released as police applied for charges, and was not in custody Monday. Bail for Robinson was set at $50,000, cash only.
There was no word on what happened to the couple’s belongings.
(H/T: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)