Did a London Rioter Try to Sell Looted iPhones on Craigslist?

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It appears that a London rioter is trying to unload some pilfered goods on Craigslist. The Next Web has discovered a suspicious post on the London section of the online classifieds site advertising 40 16GB iPhone 4s for 320 pounds each.

“All these iphones are brand new and sealed,” the ad read. “They have not been open from box all are on o2 and come with a years warranty. I can sort out a discount if more than 3 are purchased.”

Gawker’s Adrian Chen tweeted that he queried the seller about the phones, asking if they were “looted or legally purchased.”

The alleged looter offered the following reply: “Mate I just came back from holiday I bought them all from america.”

Chen responded on Twitter to say he doesn’t buy the claim.

“I believe him. Who doesn’t pick up an iphone or 40 at the duty-free when you’ve got time to kill in the airport,” he tweeted.

Evidence isn’t in the poster’s favor; you can’t even buy an iPhone on European carrier O2 in the U.S. Additionally, there have been widespread reports of looting going on throughout the beleaguered city. London police have set up a Flickr stream and a dedicated Web site containing images of the looters. By Wednesday morning, police had arrested 770 people and charged 167 in connection with the riots.

According to MSNBC, eBay issued a statement to say it’s working with the police to prevent stolen items from being listed.

“Our thoughts are with the businesses and communities affected by recent events in London and around the U.K. eBay will cooperate fully with the investigating authorities to identify and remove any listings which are linked to criminal activity,” the company said.

The iPhone post in question has been flagged and is no longer available. Craigslist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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