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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- It was the first time she'd used Craigslist to buy anything, and for Kathy Yarborough, it may be the last.

"I was looking for a car within my budget," Yarborough said.

After searching for three weeks she found a 1999 Ford Mustang being sold by a Jacksonville man.

"I wanted to be able to see it and drive it before I bought it, " Yarborough said.

Thesingle mom and hairstylist said she also wanted to pay outright so she saved money for 18 months to buy the car.

Yarborough said she needsreliable transportation so she can take her child to doctor visits in Gainesville.

"It has been devastating," said Yarborough. "The money was not handed to me, I saved that money."

On May 26 she purchased the mustang from Carnell Leefor two thousand dollars. Lee listed the vehicle on Craigslist in Jacksonville so Yarborough was able to test drive it.

"He checked my money to make sure it wasn't counterfeit and then sold me a stolen vehicle," she said.

Two weeks later, after she took title and bill of sale to the DMV, she wastold the vehicle is stolen.

"I proudly set the money on the counter, sitting there crying happy tears glad to be back on the road again," said Yarborough. "Until they told me the vehicle was stolen."

Apparently it was stolenthree days earlier from Rochester New York and Yarborough said a Carfax check revealed it has been sold 22 different times.

When police impounded her 1999 Mustang Yarborough said she became hysterical, stunned with shock and disbelief.

"I was crying," she said.

Yarborough is now right back to where she started, looking for a car to take her sick child to the doctor. This time the money she saved is gone, along with the stolen car.

"At the time I was just looking to purchase a car," she said. "Never did I think I would have to check out the person that was selling a car."

Police are now investigating. Carnell Lee, the seller,said by phone he did not know the vehicle was stolen.

"I bought it in Auburn for $795,"said Lee, "I have a bill of sale and I was given a title from a service in Orlando and sold it, I sell cars, I did not know it was stolen."

Lee said he will provide the bill of sale to police when necessary.

First for you: Shopping on Craigslist?

  • Do not accept checks or money orders
  • Do not sell or buy a vehicle without a notary
  • Don't send money for item you have not seen.

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