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Victorville police arrest 16-year-old for multiple armed robberies using the app OfferUP

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police arrested a 16-year-old Victorville teen in connection with at least two armed robberies using the app OfferUP.

Victorville deputies were investigating two separate armed robberies that occurred in the month of July. Both incidents shared similar circumstances and suspect descriptions.

The first armed robbery happened on July 2nd in the 16500 block of Seneca Road. The victim listed a cell phone for sale on OfferUP and agreed to meet the potential buyer.

“During the meeting, the suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money from the victim. After taking the money, the suspect left the location without giving the victim the phone,” sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Deputies were unable to locate the suspect.

Three days later on July 5th deputies were called to another reported armed robbery in the 16500 block of Seneca Road. “The circumstances were similar, and the suspect description matched that of the suspect from the July 2, 2019 robbery,” officials said.

Once again, an extensive area search was conducted but the suspect was not located.

The investigation continued over the next several days and deputies learned the identity of the 16-year-old male suspect. Deputies also discovered he may be responsible for other similar incidents, officials said.

An arrest warrant for the juvenile was authored and obtained.

On July 11, 2019, deputies located and arrested the suspect in the area of Seneca Road and Rodeo Drive, near the apartment complex. He was booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention Center for robbery. 

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy J. Aria at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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