Posted by AP News Agency on Tuesday, June 28, 2017 10:06:18 A man in Idaho says he gave up his Iron Skillet in December to someone he said paid $5 and shipped it back to him.
It was delivered on Tuesday to a woman who claimed it had been stolen from her home.
The owner of the Iron Skillets on the corner of North and South Meridian Street said he was unaware of the theft until he got the letter from the person who sold the Iron and was stunned when he received it.
“I said ‘What the hell is this?’ and I thought, ‘Oh, it’s just a bunch of junk.
It’s just like an old rusty refrigerator,'” said Bob Brown.
“And then I just got on the phone to him and said, ‘Hey, how’s the stove going?’
He said, [and] he said, it looks like the cookware was a piece of metal that came out the top of the oven.
I said, I can’t believe you just sold me your stove for $500.
And he said that it had just been a piece [of] metal that had come out of the stove.”
Brown said he thought it was a mistake because he thought the stove was a good investment.
“It was a great investment,” he said.
“The money you’re going to put into this is going to be great, and it’s going to bring you joy.”
Brown sold the stove in December after receiving a $5 donation.
“We got a call from the seller of the iron skillet that said he had the Iron Cooker back, and he said ‘You got the stove back, so how much is it going to cost me?'” he said in a video posted on Facebook.
Brown said the stove, a 4-foot-tall, 3-foot wide iron skillet and a metal pot, was on the porch of his home and was worth about $5.
“So I said ‘Oh my gosh, I think this is a great thing for me,'” he said of the purchase.
“He said ‘No, it is not a great idea.
It is not going to happen again.'”
The seller has been identified as the same man who gave the Iron to Brown.
The woman who sold it, identified by her first name only as Lisa, told KTVB in an interview that she paid $6.25 for it and then sold it to Brown after receiving $500 from him.
She said she paid another $4.25 to have the stove shipped back to her, and $2 to have it repaired.
Brown told the station he was surprised to learn the woman did not have the Iron in her home and she was just giving him the stove.
He said the seller never delivered the stove to him after he purchased it.
He told the radio station he hopes the seller does not have a criminal record.
“As long as it is up to the state of Idaho to go after the people who sold this to me, I am happy to get it back,” he told KVLY.
“That’s all I want is to get the stove up and running again.”
Brown told KXLY that he had been approached by the woman before and told her it was safe to take it to a welding shop.
The seller is not cooperating with police, and the investigation is still ongoing.
The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office confirmed it was investigating Brown’s story.
“A customer of mine, who was contacted by this story, has sold his Iron Cookers to a private citizen who has not been charged with any crime,” Secretary of Justice David Jones said in an email to the station.
The Iron Cookel was bought for $1,500 by a man in the Idaho community of Eola, in the northwest corner of the state.
It has a bronze base, a large stainless steel lid and a black handle with a red-and-white emblem.
The stove is also known as a “Cobra” and is sold to buyers in Australia and other countries, but Brown said in his Facebook video that he plans to continue selling the Iron until he can find someone who is willing to sell it to him for $50.
The story has generated a lot of attention on social media and a lot more interest in the Iron skillet’s sale.
“Some people will think it’s a great story,” Brown said.