Ohio sheriff offers jail lobby for completing Internet sales

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) – A southwest Ohio sheriff says people worried about buying and selling from strangers over the Internet will be allowed to use his jail lobby to complete those deals.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says many people arrange through online sites such as Craigslist and eBay to meet buyers or sellers who are strangers and that can be dangerous. Jones says there have been several cases where people have been assaulted, robbed and even killed in such transactions.

He said a 17-year-old boy was assaulted and robbed last year in the county after arranging through an online site to meet someone to buy video games.

Jones says the jail lobby will be available as an exchange site beginning Monday and can be used daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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