Police Warning Caution When Selling Items Online

Durham Police are searching for a male suspect after two people were recently robbed of the cellphones they were selling on Kijiji.

On Friday March 8, 2019, police were called an address in Ajax. The caller had reported their cell phone has been stolen. One person had indicated they set up a meeting at a local coffee shop with a potential online buyer. At the last minute the buyer said he couldn’t get to the location and asked to meet at an Ajax residence in the Harwood Avenue and Rossland Road area. After a short meeting outside the home, the suspect grabbed the cellphone from the victim, knocking over the victim’s friend, and fled the area.

A second complainant reported that on Sunday March 10, 2019, a meeting was arranged with a potential buyer at an Ajax location. At the last minute the buyer changed the location to the same Ajax address as the March 8 incident. The seller agreed to meet outside and took along a friend. The suspect once again grabbed the cellphone from the victim and fled the area. No one was harmed physically during either meeting.

In both cases the suspect is described as being male, black, about 15-20-years-old, and 5’8″ with a slim build. He was wearing a black coat and black pants.

Police are reminding residents to take precautions when selling items on any online platform. It’s best to meet during the day in a public place away from your residence, and bring someone along with you. Don’t accept partial payment or anything other than cash and don’t hand over the item until you have the cash from the buyer.

Anyone with new information about these incidents is asked to call D/Cst. Maciver of the West Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2564.

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