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Planned iPhone purchase through app leads to armed robbery

A plan to purchase an iPhone through the marketplace app “letgo” went awry when the seller showed up with theft on his mind.

On Saturday, January 5 at about 7 p.m. the victim waited at his residence on White Oak Court as arranged through the app, but when he walked out of his home towards the vehicle in his driveway, the passenger door swung open, and the passenger pointed a gun at him and told him to throw his money on the ground. The victim complied, then ran back into the house while the vehicle left in the direction of New Hope Road.

The victim described the man with the gun as a black male in his early 20s with curly brown hair cut into a mohawk-style haircut and the driver as a bi-racial male in his early 20s with curly brown hair.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working the case and hoping correspondence through the app will lead them to the suspects.

Sheriff Barry Babb wants to use the opportunity to remind residents that if you do not know who you are conducting an online transaction with to be extremely wary of your surroundings.

“We would highly recommend coming to the Sheriff’s Office or your local police department,” he said. “If you can’t come to either, at least go to an area that’s public, that has lighting, that has a camera.”

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.