Niagara Falls man busted trying to sell stolen goods to undercover cops

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Published September 29, 2022 at 3:16 pm

A Niagara Falls man who had tools stolen from his car got the last laughs when the thief put them up for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

Instead of confronting the thief himself, Niagara Police sent undercover officers in on his behalf to “buy” the goods themselves.

The tools were stolen overnight from the man’s car on September 22 in the Barker Street and Drummond Road area and on September 27, the victim saw them up for sale on the Facebook page.

The police called the seller, who said the items were still for sale.  When the seller arrived at a predetermined location with the stolen goods, he was arrested by undercover officers, who have since returned the items to the victim.

Archer Karr, 44, of Niagara Falls has been charged with selling stolen goods worth under $5,000, possession of stolen goods under $5,000 and possession of crime cash under $5,000.

Police also recovered a men’s bicycle that the suspect had.  The bicycle, a Giant Revolt, is believed to be stolen property.  Since the bicycle has identifiable markings, a photograph is not being released, as police believe they lead to the rightful owner.

The owner of the bicycle is being asked to call police at 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009943.

Karr was held for a bail hearing that took place yesterday (September 28) through a video link to the courthouse in St. Catharines.  He has since been remanded back into custody and will re-appear in bail court on October 4.

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