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Surrey RCMP arrest teen for series of 'Letgo' robberies

Last Updated Aug 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm PDT

FILE - A Vancouver man says he was pepper sprayed after arranging to buy a phone from someone through the buy-and-sell app called Let Go. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130)
Summary

Surrey RCMP says a 16-year-old was arrested after several robberies involving the Letgo app

Mounties say when people went to sell expensive phones using the app, they were apparently sprayed with bear mace

The teen was released on conditions before appearing in court at a later date

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — A teen has been arrested for a string of robberies involving the buy-and-sell app Letgo, according to Surrey RCMP.

Mounties say the alleged robberies happened during the day between Mar. 15 and June 27 in Whalley. All the meetups were arranged online to buy “high-value” cellphones.

But when the buyers showed up to sell the phones, they were apparently sprayed with bear mace and their cellphones were taken.

With the help of witnesses, Mounties say they tracked down the suspect, and a 16-year-old was arrested on Aug. 13.

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The suspect has been released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

“There’s always a risk in meeting someone you don’t know through an online marketplace app, even in daylight hours,” says Cpl. Dan Lowe. “It’s important for the public to be aware of the risk before considering this type of transaction.”

Mounties have a few suggestions for anyone meeting a stranger online through marketplace apps.

They recommend meeting at a well-lit public place during the day and make sure to get as much information about the person before meeting them. Remember to be extra careful when buying or selling anything expensive, but also make sure to tell family and friends about the meetup. Still take a phone or even bring a friend along.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS to remain anonymous.