By Marci Rubin
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, N.J. (News 12/CNN) - A New Jersey man catches a crook in a rather unusual way.
He found his own boat for sale on Craigslist.
"I saw my boat. I'm confused and surprised," said Jan, who didn't want his last name used.
Surprised might be an understatement. Jan was looking for a new boat on Craigslist when he came across a picture of one that looked exactly like the one he already had. He took a closer look at the registration number and realized, it was his.
"Called the guy, he picked up phone and I asked him about the boat. He says okay the boat is for sale," said Jan.
Yup, the poster, who called himself Chad, wanted Jan to buy his own 17 foot fiberglass boat for almost $1,000.
"We were in the process of arranging some type of operation to apprehend this person. But, for some reason, the owner came here and met with him himself," said Lt. James Sarnicki with the Linden Police Department.
They met in an alley-way off Route 19 in Linden, where Jan has permission to keep his boat.
He called the cops who arrested, not a Chad, but Gregory Bartucci of Bayonne.
Police say this type of thing happens a lot. So, if you plan to buy online, do your research.
"I would always make sure the person selling you anything has documentation legal document, whether it's a title. Nowadays, especially with the internet, it opens up so many opportunities for people to engage in criminal behavior," said Lt. Sarnicki.