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Riverside police become OfferUp “buyers” to solve a burglary

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Gail Wesson

A 31-year-old Riverside man thought he was meeting up with buyers for items he posted on the OfferUp website on Thursday, Feb. 1, but instead the “buyers” turned out to be Riverside police officers, according to a news release.

Officers were acting on a report that the items had been taken in a church burglary.

Rene Luna (Photo courtesy of Riverside Police Department)

Rene Luna was arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, according to jail records. Bail was set at $10,000.

Police had received a report at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday that a church in the 5900 block of Chapel Street in the city’s Arlanza area had been burglarized and the items taken were being offered for sale.

Officers arranged a meet up near Arlington Avenue and Crest Avenue.

OfferUp is a mobile marketplace where sellers and buyers use a mobile app to negotiate sales and meet to sell and purchase items.

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