10:29 AM PDT on Monday, March 24, 2008
The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a
But Robert Salisbury had no plans to leave. The independent contractor was at
On his way home he stopped a truck loaded down with his work ladders, lawn mower and weed eater.
"I informed them I was the owner, but they refused to give the stuff back,"
The driver sped away after rebuking
Once home he was greeted by close to 30 people rummaging through his barn and front porch.
The trespassers, armed with printouts of the ad, tried to brush him off. "They honestly thought that because it appeared on the Internet it was true,"
He turned some license plate numbers over to police.
Michelle Easley had seen the ad that claimed
"I can't stand to see a horse suffer so I drove out there and got her," Easley said. "The horse didn't look abandoned. She is in good shape for being 32 years old."
But it looked odd, so she left a note on
"I feel bad because I was a part of it," Easley said. "It felt right to call the police."
Fagan praised Easley's honestly but said prosecution was likely for anybody caught with
Items can be returned with no questions asked, Fagan said.
Detectives have contacted Craigslist's legal team to try to trace the ad.
Someone took it.