is a good way to buy or sell a TV, a hopefully not-too-mysteriously stained mattress, or your antique china. But
found another use for it, according to Baytown police: He used it to rob people.
Morgan confessed to the robberies, according to an affidavit from a Baytown detective. The 24-year-old Houston man has been charged with five counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of felony possession of a weapon.
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The robberies date back to September, when, according to an affidavit in the case, a Baytown man with an ad in the Greensheet seeking to purchase used cars got a call from someone asking if he wanted to buy a 2002 Geo Metro "which was inoperable" for a sweet $150. When the two met, Morgan "pulled out a chrome .38 revolver" and pointed it at the victim's face. (To be fair, we think the victim shoulders some of the blame -- he should've known that $150 for a crapped-out Geo was just too good to be true.)
Morgan might have gotten away with this sort of thing indefinitely if it weren't for the fact that he appears to be a total idiot: Dude didn't use a disposable cell. So, according to the same affidavit, a previous Greensheet victim who thought he was meeting Morgan to buy a $350 Buick LeSabre, "was able to ascertain the caller's name and date of birth from the phone number...after going to a Cricket store in Houston." (It turns out that the phone belonged to one of Morgan's friends.)
Moreover, in one of the other robberies, Morgan's surefire escape plan was to run into an apartment complex across the street from where he had just held up his victim.
Although we give Morgan some points for the cleverness of his scheme, he clearly didn't think it all the way through. Plus, he probably ruined things for the next guy who actually has a broken-down Geo to sell.