Report: Man arrested after posting fake Craigslist ad
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Summerville man was arrested after his Craigslist post advertising a rental property turned out to be a scam, said officials with the North Charleston Police Department. According to a police report, a woman met with Brian Jerdan, 30, about the property on Nov. 5 and paid him $550 for a background check and the first month's rent. Jerdan told the woman he would bring her the key the following day but the report states Jerdan did not answer his phone.The woman researched the address and found it was for sale by Coldwell Banker Reality. The real estate agent said the home was not for rent and no one had placed an advertisement on Craigslist for the property, according to the police report.On Friday, an undercover officer met the suspect, who identified himself as Trevor Smith, to discuss the rental property in the parking lot of the Publix store on Dorchester Road, officials said.The officer gave the suspect $550, the equivalent of the first month's rent, the report states. Perimeter units moved in and when the suspect saw the officers, he reached for an unzipped blue bag inside his vehicle, officials said.According to the report, Jerdan was arrested after a brief struggle.Two children were inside his vehicle and officers called their mother to come get them, officials said. Officers found a gun, glass smoking pipe and bag of methamphetamine inside Jerdan's vehicle. He was charged with swindling and possession of meth.