Phoenix man tracks down stolen items through online marketplace

Posted at 10:39 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 00:47:03-05

When Jeff Beasley’s Acura SUV was stolen from the front of his home, he didn’t know what to do at first. 

Not only was the car gone, but his laptop, clothes, spare keys and books for his daughter were inside. Instead of sitting idly by he decided to take action. 

After filing a police report Beasley went on OfferUp Just two hours later, he saw a post for a laptop. It had the same model number as the one he owned.

"I created a separate profile with a woman and expressed interest,” Beasley said. 

Once Beasley and a user named Matthew struck a deal, Jeff called the cops. The sting turned out to be successful after Beasley found his laptop and clothes inside of an apartment just two blocks from his home. 

"I'm sitting in his place and I'm turning on the computer and I'm seeing my name Jeff Beasley pop up and it became a little more surreal,” Beasley said. 

Turns out Matthew, is Matthew Christopher Allen. He was arrested by Phoenix police and charged with possession of stolen goods. Beasley said they found his spare car keys on Allen but there was no car to be seen. 

Beasley says Allen has since been released. In fact, he ran into the man outside his home after the arrest. Jeff asked Allen where his car could be, but Allen told Beasley he doesn’t know. 

The case is being investigated by Phoenix police.