Two Arrested in Craigslist Scam
Written by Dan Fischer on January 19, 2018
News Release: Batavia Police Dept.
Jaequele M. Tomlin, 23 years of age, of Central Ave in Batavia, NY and Quamane J. Santiago, 19 years of age, of Main Rd in Stafford, NY were arrested on Sumner St in Batavia for PL 105.10-1 – Conspiracy 4th. It is alleged that Tomlin and Santiago posted a false “Vehicle for Sale” ad on Craigslist with the intent to rob any would be buyers. Concerned citizens alerted police to the post and the suspect’s suspicious behavior. Santiago and Tomlin were taken into custody by members of the Batavia Police Department and the Genesee County Drug Task Force. During their apprehension, both suspects were found to be in possession of replica firearms.
Tomlin and Santiago were arraigned in Batavia City Court before Judge Balbick and remanded to the Genesee County Jail with no bail. Tomlin and Santiago are scheduled to re-appear in BCC on 01/19/2018 at 1:30 PM. Tomlin was also arrested on a City of Batavia warrant for Criminal Mischief and Assault. Additional charges are pending on both suspects. If anyone has responded to a suspicious “Vehicle for Sale” ad in the City of Batavia please contact Detective Sergeant Kevin Czora at 585-345-6311.
The public should be aware of these types of scams, and report any suspicious activity to their local authorities. When making transactions of these types, it is encouraged that you meet in a very public location, including local police departments.