Central States Fugitives

John Blue Jr. Wanted for Alleged Fraud

ID #17-066

Toledo Police have identified the suspect involved in a rental home scam on the website Craigslist last month, that left a family of seven without a home.

Detectives say John Blue Jr., 29, is accused of creating an ad on Craigslist for a rental home that he does not own, then scamming several families who responded to the ad.

“It’s a nightmare. I wouldn’t wish this for nobody else,” said Violet Rudolph, of Toledo.

Rudolph and her husband William Hagen responded to what appeared to be a legit Craigslist ad in January. They say that Blue claimed his name was “Jeff Jacobs” and that he owned the home on the 700 block of Carbon Street in Toledo.

Blue allegedly gave the couple a tour of a home and a set of keys. Rudolph says they even signed a one-year lease, were given a receipt, and gave Blue a thousand dollars for the deposit and first months rent.

On Friday, police issued a warrant for Blue’s arrest.

“One of our detectives filed a charge for grand theft on John Blue and that was for the scam that he pulled on Craigslist,” said Lt. Joe Heffernan.

Heffernan says that Blue is also wanted for a theft in Maumee and Oregon, as well as, three traffic warrants in Toledo.

“We would like to sit down and talk with him and see how this all went down,” said Heffernan. “From our reports, it sounds like he was at this for a little while, so there may be additional victims out there.”

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