Sweet story - stupid criminal

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From Oregon station KVAL:
Stolen tools: Construction worker gets revenge � and justice
A burglary victim got his revenge by turning to the Craigslist website. And when he saw his stolen items up for sale, he took matters into his own hands.

The burglary victim, Ilya � who doesn't want his last name used � says he works hard at his construction job. So when someone took off with $3,000 worth of tools and other items, he got mad ... and wanted to get even.

"We lost a whole day of work because of that," Ilya says.

He says he and his family work hard trying to live the American dream, after coming here from Russia. When burglars took off with his nail guns, saws and drills, he was outraged.

Along with filing a police report, the family did its own police work � and found what they believed were the stolen goods on Craigslist.

"My mom, when I came home, was on Craigslist, and she says, 'It looks like everything that is missing; it looks like it's posted up right now on Craigslist."

Playing the part of a paying customer, Ilya set up a time and place to buy the goods in the Tacoma Mall parking lot Thursday night.

When he confirmed the items were his, he told the sellers to wait while he got more cash at an ATM. Instead he went and got police officers, who returned with him to make the arrest.
Heh -- nice to see a happy ending. Being stupid should be painful.

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