Sunday, June 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Nine people were recently arrested in connection to a string of robberies in Maywood, according to a statement released by police.
On June 22, the statement reads, the Maywood Investigations Unit and the Maywood Intelligence Unit apprehended nine people, including four adults and five juveniles, who allegedly “conspired to lure unsuspecting victims by setting up fake accounts and profiles [and] posting items for sale” on the mobile classified apps LetGo and OfferUp.
According to Lt. Dennis Diaz, the suspects would lure people from surrounding suburbs who were looking to sell or purchase items on the mobile apps to Maywood before robbing them.
There have been a number of reports of robberies related to mobile apps around the country. According to a Feb. 17 CBS Minnesota report, “A woman selling her vehicle agreed to meet off Harrison Avenue in St. Paul. Instead of a sale, she was threatened and held at gunpoint while two men stole her vehicle.”
According to an April 16 Delaware News Journal report, “Two men used [LetGo] to post a car for sale. Then, they waited with a gun at a Salisbury home for their victims to arrive, police say.”
In order to avoid scams, police officers recommend that potential buyers meet-up in public areas, “like a police station parking lot. They also say use cash, research the person and check out their reviews.”
For more tips on how to prevent scams, click here. VFP