Oops! Police say men attempted to rob sheriff in Craiglist sale

Oops! Police say men attempted to rob sheriff in Craiglist sale
Dominic Hinton, left, and Roman Nazarko
GARDEN CITY, Idaho - Authorities say two men attempted to rob a local buyer interested in purchasing a laptop computer off Craigslist.

Only problem? The buyer was Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney.

Garden City Police report Raney was looking to purchase a laptop computer and had agreed to meet the potential seller at 6650 Glenwood St. in Garden City. When Raney arrived, however, he saw the "seller" in a pullover hooded sweatshirt and other dark clothing sitting on a rock.

Raney said he quickly became suspicious.

"The (dark clothing) is what we call a clue," Raney said.

Police say they believe the dark-clothed man planned to rob Raney once he got there.

However, Raney called police and - when they arrived - the "seller" took off on foot. He was apprehended almost immediately. A second suspect also was later arrested.

After an investigation, Garden City Police say two suspects, 20-year-old Dominic Hinton and 19-year-old Roman Nazarko, intended to commit an armed robbery.

"The only thing better than laughing at arresting criminals," Raney said, "is laughing at arresting dumb criminals."

This is not the first time these suspects attempted a similar crime, officials say. Earlier this month, police say the suspects attempted to rob a Nampa man during a bogus iPad purchase.

"We had tremendous response in our call to the community for tips and information following the robbery last week," said Boise Police Sgt. Mark Bennett. "Citizens in the community were anxious for us to find the suspects, and today we can thank all involved who helped make that happen."