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King County Sheriff's Office warns of Craigslist con artist posing as handyman

A Skyway resident found several missing items when she returned home, after hiring a man over Craigslist to install flooring.

SKYWAY, Wash — Investigators in King County are trying to track down a Craigslist con artist who they say stole several expensive items from a home in Skyway. 

The alleged burglary occurred after a Skyway resident hired a man off Craigslist to install flooring in her home for $1,000, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. 

The suspect arrived Thursday morning in a Toyota Matrix with Florida licence plates. 

He began removing the victim's existing floor tile.

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Approximately 30 minutes later, the victim left to run an errand. Another adult resident remained at home, staying upstairs. 

When the resident returned, the suspect was gone, along with a 55-inch television, LED fireplace, external hard drive connected to her surveillance cameras, and keys to an Enterprise rental vehicle.

The ad on Craigslist has since been removed.

"But we know he'll likely pop up again," the Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. 

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone else who has been a victim of a similar scam, or has information on the suspect, to call them: 206-296-3311. Reference case No. C20005047.