I stay way away from them.” Ray, the deputy chief, said it’s unclear whether Bustos used her real name.

At a news conference, he said he suspected that she was experienced with the scheme.

He’d picked her up and they went bowling in Winter Haven, Fla., at Cypress Lanes, which offers shoe and lane rentals for a quarter on Thursday nights, and specials on pizza and beer.

A few hours later, the pair ended up at his place, where they talked a bit more and met up with his roommate. Bustos sent the single father a text afterward: She’d had a good time, she wrote to Hilarie, and wanted to meet up the following night at his place.

Jackson remembered his brother cracking jokes while wearing Florida State University colors, the school whose teams they cheered.

“When it came to sports, he was always the number one pick,” Jackson said. We don’t put our kids in them.” Nobody was more important to Hilarie than his daughter, Lajaya, he said. “That was his world.” Jackson said he didn’t know how long his brother and Bustos had been talking on Plenty Of Fish.

Robberies and other violent Craigslist-related crimes across the United States — including multiple slayings — have sparked wariness among some Internet bargain hunters, too, giving police department parking lots a second life as a place to buy stuff from strangers.

“To avoid becoming a victim of these crimes, we urge members of the public to arrange meetings with online vendors in public places, such as local police departments,” John Horn, the assistant U. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said following the sentencing hearing of a Craigslist robber.

“Her comfort with the way this went, didn’t seem like it was her first time,” he said.

“If she hasn’t done it before, then she has talked to people who have done it.” It is unclear whether Bustos has hired an attorney, and her family members could not be reached for comment.

Detectives told WFLA that they feared that victims would be afraid to come forward because they would be embarrassed telling people how they got robbed.

That same month, a 36-year-old man was robbed in Ohio after getting together with a woman he met on Plenty Of Fish, according to

“Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year hoping to find a companion or even a soulmate,” the FBI said just before Valentine’s Day, adding that “the FBI wants to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.” [How well online dating works, according to someone who has been studying it for years] Most victims walk away with lightened pockets and broken hearts.