Suffolk armed robbery victim was trying to sell sneakers, police say
SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A person trying to sell a pair of sneakers was robbed at gunpoint Monday morning on Bank Street in Suffolk.
The victim told police he held the meeting in the 400 block of Bank Street around 11 a.m. after speaking with the suspect on Facebook Messenger. The police did not, however, have the identity of the suspect on Tuesday morning. He was only described as a black man who wore a black, whitewashed hoodie and mask.
The victim said the suspect showed a gun and took the shoes off. He fled on foot.
The case is still under investigation, but the police point out that they have two secure meeting areas with video surveillance. One is the Suffolk Police Headquarters at 111 Henley Place, with a 24-hour lobby with surveillance cameras. You can also meet at the Sector II Police Station at 3903 Bridge Road from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The parking lot in Sector II is also well lit and under video surveillance.
Police also shared these tips:
Â· Never meet someone alone; take a friend with you.
Â· If the buyer or seller is reluctant to give you their name, phone number, or want to meet you in a secluded location, do not go to the meeting.
Â· If possible, always meet at a safe meeting place such as a police station.
Â· Try to meet in a well-lit and very public place.
Â· If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app on a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.
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