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WCBS 880

Suffolk Police: Criminals Using Popular App To Rob People

January 12, 2019 - 5:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Suffolk County police are warning people who are planning to buy or sell something on the app letgo.

It’s a popular app for exchanging items, but police warn that at least five people were robbed recently after they showed up to buy a cell phone.

Instead, the victims were threatened with a knife or shoved to the ground, police say.

All five incidents occurred in the past five months in the Mastic Beach area.

The suspects are still on the run, according to Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.

“In every case, we’re going to tell people if you’re going to utilize an app like letgo, please do it in a public place. If you’re going to agree to meet, meet in a public place. Meet in daylight hours and don’t go by yourself,” she said.

Hart says letgo user should also verify the seller on an app.

“If there’s no information from prior sellers that are talking about this particular individual, you want to be suspicious of that,” she said.

Letgo responded to a request for comment from WCBS 880, saying: “Our team is working with local law enforcement to help with their investigation. We have no tolerance for something like this.”