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Two arrested in Craigslist robbery of Seffner man's Samsung Galaxy

TAMPA — Detectives arrested a pair of men they say responded to an advertisement on Craigslist and robbed a Seffner man of his cellphone last week.

Mannix Santos created a post on the website Thursday listing his $300 Samsung Galaxy phone for sale, authorities said. The same day, Santos got a call from a prospective buyer who arranged to meet him in a parking lot at 750 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Seffner.

On Friday, Santos drove to the lot with his wife and their 12-year-old daughter, deputies said. He got out of his car while they waited. A minute later, he met the buyer and showed him the phone. The man then pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and forced Santos to hand over the device, deputies said.

After taking the phone, the man ran to a waiting car, hopped in and took off, authorities said. Santos got back in his car and chased the car south on Parsons Avenue, but soon lost track of it.

Detectives investigated and managed to identify the car involved, which led them to arrest Efrain Vasquez Hewitt of Riverview and Hector Luis Anavitate of Plant City.

Hewitt, 24, and Anavitate, 19, were booked Tuesday in the Hillsborough County Jail on armed robbery charges.

Two arrested in Craigslist robbery of Seffner man's Samsung Galaxy 12/31/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 9:16pm]
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