Police warn of robberies by appointment

December 27, 2012 3:19:47 PM PST
Two separate incidences in the month of December have prompted Durham police to issue a warning to the public about making appointments to buy or sell items on the internet or flea markets.

Police said the most recent robbery happened Friday evening on Discovery Way.

The victim told police he was meeting a man to purchase an iPad. The seller arrived in a green Toyota Camry, pulled a gun on the victim and took his keys and phone. The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s about 5'7".

The second incident was reported on Dec. 15 on West Morgan Street. Police said the victim was meeting a potential buyer after posting an advertisement selling phones on Craigslist. The victim said when he produced the phones, the suspect attacked him with pepper spray and took them. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s between 5'3" and 5'5". Police said this robbery was similar to a robbery that happened at the same location on Nov. 21.

Police said taking precautions such as meeting in a public place, taking someone with you, and saving any communications with the other party are ways to prevent these kinds of crimes.

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