SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Mounties in Surrey are warning anyone trying to sell high-end gaming consoles to a stranger to be careful, after three robberies in a 24-hour period this week.
According to a release from Surrey RCMP, three separate incidents ended in people being robbed of their PlayStation 5 or Xbox after scheduling meet-ups through Craiglist or Facebook marketplace.
The first incident was Monday near 136A Street and 114 Avenue around 8 p.m. When the seller showed up with his console, he was assaulted by two men and they took his PlayStation 5.
One man involved in Monday’s theft is described as 18 to 21-years-old, 5’11” tall with slender builds (less than 160 pounds). He was wearing a mask and a black or grey zip-up hoodie.
The other man is believed to be Middle Eastern and is slightly taller and bigger than the other suspect.
The next afternoon around 3 p.m., a similar thing happened to a man trying to sell his Xbox. He was met by three men who bear-sprayed him before taking the console with them near 60 Avenue of 146 Street.
Mounties are working to identify suspects.
About an hour after the incident on Tuesday, near 82 Avenue and 168A Street, another man was robbed of his PS5 after he was also bear-sprayed by three men.
The three men were only described as South Asian.
Surrey RCMP recommend the following for people arranging meet-ups using online marketplace apps:
- Insist on a public meeting place during the day, such as local businesses with regular foot traffic.
- Gather as much information as possible so you know who you’re dealing with, such as their full name and cell phone number.
- Do not meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.
- Only meet during daylight hours or in a well-lit and heavily populated area.
- Be especially careful when buying or selling high value items.
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going and when you’re meeting the buyer/seller.
- Take your cell phone and a friend along to accompany you.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 1-800-222-8477. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online.