Air Jordan shoe sale in Akron ends in armed robbery
AKRON, Ohio – A 22-year-old man from Grafton thought he found the right buyers for three pairs of Air Jordan sneakers. Rather, he was the victim of an armed robbery on September 28 outside an Akron convenience store.
Akron Police said the victim was using the OfferUp app, an online marketplace to arrange an in-person exchange with two people, hoping to sell the shoes for nearly $ 700. Investigators said one of the buyers pulled out a gun, and then the two suspects fled with two pairs. Police report that they were successful in arresting a 16-year-old suspect in connection with the case, but said they were still looking for a second suspect.
Akron Police Information Officer Lt. Michael Miller told News 5 that buyers and sellers should exercise caution when setting up an in-person pickup or sale, using an online marketplace.
“We’ve had almost a dozen in the last year, a year and a half,” Miller said. “It puts the seller or the potential buyer at extreme risk.”
“And in this case, they were armed, in broad daylight, that didn’t deter them. We have set up a secure trading area in the lobby of our head office, where people can buy and sell securely, there is CCTV and ample parking. We have created alternatives, but I don’t know why there is a reluctance to use this.
“Too often there’s a set-up meeting and then the potential buyer or suspect changes the narrative, changes the location, that’s a big red flag.”
Akron Police were faced with an even more violent armed robbery on September 15, after two women from Coshocton were victimized as they attempted to buy a car in a parking lot at Church of Akron, using Facebook instant messaging. A 24-year-old woman was shot dead and the 40-year-old woman she was with was robbed at gunpoint.
Ericka Dilworth, director of operations for the Better Business Bureau in Cleveland, told News 5 that buyers and sellers should use police departments and secure trading areas.
“You have to remember over and over again this is an alien,” Dilworth said. “Maybe you have someone with you, make sure it’s a well-lit place, make sure you understand that someone else knows you are going to be there.”
OfferUp Headquarters quickly responded to our story and issued the following statement:
OfferUp takes the trust and safety of our community very seriously. In partnership with law enforcement and our community, we’ve created safety tips and features in our app to help people stay safer when interacting with people they may not know. not.
You can find a good list of safety tips that you can use for your article or direct readers here: https://blog.offerup.com/staying-safe-on-offerup-the-dos-and-donts-of – online-market-transactions [blog.offerup.com]
We’ve partnered with over 2,000 police departments across America to create safe shopping zones [safetradespots.com] which are often found in the entrance hall or in service car parks. These are normally under human or video surveillance 24/7 and have good lighting. I have attached several images for reference, but you can go to the website and type in your address and find a safer place to meet when you want to exchange something of value.
Miller stressed that buyers and sellers shouldn’t be afraid to end a deal that looks suspicious.
“If there’s something wrong, keep that power, keep that control, and get out of the trade,” Miller said.
“Just being in public is not enough, what is the tone of this conversation, can you verify, is this person reachable even by phone?”