APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The Apple Valley Police Department is warning residents to use extreme caution when buying or selling using apps or websites after two people were robbed within 48 hours.
The first incident happened on Saturday, September 15th at about 4:06 pm, in the parking lot of the Six Beans Coffee Company at 21788 Bear Valley Road.
According to a sheriff’s news release, the victim listed an iPhone X for sale on the website ‘Offer-Up and agreed to meet with a person who identified himself as ‘Mike Willis’.
The victim met with the potential buyer described as a White Male and discussed the purchase of the phone, officials said.
“The victim handed the white male the phone. A black male appeared from behind a dumpster, pointed a handgun at the victim, and told the victim not to follow them,” stated the news release.
Both suspects fled on foot towards the 12000 block of Navajo Road, official said.
The second incident happened on September 16th at about 1:53 pm. According to police, the victim listed his Apple Watch on the ‘Let Go’ website and agreed to meet with a person who identified himself as ‘David Lopez’ in the 12000 block of Navajo Road.
“When the victim and his wife arrived they were met by a black male subject who approached them, forcefully grabbed the Apple watch out of the victim’s hands. The black male told the victim and his wife not to follow him and fled on foot north on Navajo Rd,” stated the release.
The public is encouraged to use caution when arranging to meet an unknown person to sell any items listed on Craigslist, Offer Up, Let Go or similar websites.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is urged to contact the Apple Valley Station at (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com