What one sheriff is doing to make Craigslist transactions safer

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 18:37:55-05

OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is offering Oklahomans a safe place to conduct transactions.

Recently, a Georgia couple was found dead after they contacted a car seller through Craigslist.

Elrey “Bud” Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66, drove last week to the South Georgia town of McRae from an Atlanta suburb, to meet someone who responded to the ad.  That was the last time anyone heard from them. Their bodies were recovered Monday; police said the victims were shot in the head.

On Tuesday, 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns was charged with their murder.

To help prevent similar cases like this one, the Oklahoma County Sheriff Office announced that they will welcome the public to close online deals at their offices and substations.

“We want to make sure citizens of Oklahoma County have a safe place to conduct transactions that are initiated through online sites like Craigslist,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. “Those who seek to prey on our citizens will not want to transact business with law enforcement officers present.”

The sheriff said they hope offering this safe haven will give folks some peace of mind.

OCSO offices and substations are located at:

  • Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center: 201 N. Shartel, OKC
  • Quail Springs Mall substation: 2501 W. Memorial Road, OKC
  • Deer Creek substation: 3700 N.W. 206, Suite A (at Portland), Deer Creek
  • Midwest City substation: 8029 S.E. 29th Street, MWC