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[February 14, 2013]
Craigslist robbery suspect waives hearing
Feb 14, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A man accused of robbing four people he met through cellphone ads on Craigslist gave up his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Jaylin J. Huggins, 20, of Allentown allegedly set up several victims by posing as a buyer or seller of smartphones on the classified ad website, police said. The crimes all happened in January in arranged meeting spots in Allentown.
Huggins allegedly took cash, two iPhones and a Samsung smartphone in the robberies, according to court records. No one was hurt.
Huggins is charged with four counts each of robbery, theft and receiving stolen property. After waiving his hearing before District Judge Rod Beck, Huggins was returned to Lehigh County Prison.
According to a criminal complaint: Huggins robbed a woman of her iPhone 4 on Jan. 11 at Second and Chew streets. Hours later, he robbed a man looking to buy a phone at Fifth and Turner streets. Huggins made off with the man's $300 and pulled a gun when the victim began to chase him.
Two days later, he pulled a gun on a woman in the 200 block of N. Fifth Street and robbed her of her Samsung phone.
The next day, Huggins pulled a similar robbery, taking an iPhone from an 18-year-old man. He was arrested following that robbery. Police said he had a toy gun. The victim in that case was later charged with stealing the iPhone at a Kmart in Whitehall Township and trying to sell it to Huggins, according to court records.
Police recovered two of the phones.
-- Manuel Gamiz Jr.
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