Leon County deputies investigating robbery in online sale

Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 10:25:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a victim was robbed during a meeting with an online buyer.

Tuesday night, Leon County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1600 block of Rawhide Ridge for a robbery.

Once on scene, deputies learned the victim had posted a cell phone for sale on a mobile phone app. Earlier, she received a message from a potential buyer wanting to meet her in the area of Rawhide Ridge.

When she arrived in the area, she couldn't find the address they agreed to meet at. Deputies say that when she tried to contact the person through the app, a man walked out of the woods and waved her down.

He asked about the phone and, when she showed it to him, he grabbed the phone, shoved the victim, and ran away with the phone.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s wearing a grey shirt and long dark colored pants. They say his hair is cut short.

If you have any information about this investigation you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 850-606-3300.

LCSO is also reminding the community that if you are selling items to an unknown person on the internet, there are some important things you can do to protect yourself:

  1. Meet in a safe, well lit area. Meeting at places, like the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, will help weed out potential criminals.
  2. Don’t meet anyone alone. Take someone with you in case there is an issue.
  3. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel safe, do not go or continue
  4. Don’t invite people to your home or accept an invitation to go into theirs
  5. If you have any questions or concerns, call LCSO