Six men were arrested after allegedly confronting two men from Adelaide at gunpoint who advertised a cell phone for sale on Gumtree.
The victims, from the western suburbs of Adelaide, said they were trying to sell a phone when bandits posing as buyers carried guns to their heads and told them to shut up.
Rajesh and Karan Kumar were immediately suspicious when three men showed up at their door on Thursday afternoon, inquiring about a phone they had listed on Gumtree.
Karan only let one of them into his Flinders Park home, but quickly heard noises coming from the back door.
He says he came out the back and was confronted with guns.
âWhen I went there I found two guys with big guns,â he said.
âThey asked us to lie down on the ground, pointed a gun at me and just said, ‘Stay silent and don’t move. “
The 25-year-old student and his roommate say they were held hostage for up to 15 minutes.
At that time, their home on Van Dieman Street was reportedly ransacked, with intruders taking electronic devices.
âKeep silent and don’t move. “
Karan says the intruders told the couple to cooperate with them or they would be shot.
âThis is the scariest thing for meâ¦ for a moment I thought, ‘I’m going to lose my life tonight,'” he said.
They say they were then sent to the hangar and locked up before the attackers fled by car.
Hours later, police said they located the vehicle at a house in Kilburn and arrested six men.
âDon’t trust anyone easily, don’t let anyone into your house,â Karan said.
Rajesh says that after the incident, he plans to remove the Gumtree app from his phone.
A spokesperson for Gumtree said the safety and security of 7NEWS was the seller’s top priority.
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âWhile the majority of our community members have a positive experience, sometimes bad seeds target our users,â a spokesperson said.
âWhen selling, we recommend that you follow these steps: We are a community site, so we always encourage members to buy and sell locally.
âFor your convenience and safety, arrange to meet in a busy public place and bring a friend or family member with you.
“For added peace of mind, it may be beneficial to ask a buyer to show their personal identification before handing over goods for inspection.”
An 18-year-old and a 21-year-old from Craigmore have been charged with aggravated aggravated criminal trespassing and theft. a 21-year-old from Kurralta Park has also been charged with serious crime and theft.
Two of the arrested men were released on bail by police, but the other four were kept in detention.
In the video below: Gumtree’s carjacker arranges an alleged theft