April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Sheriff warns of Facebook-originated robbery

By Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department-

Press release

On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at approximately 10:55 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Warner responded to the 8700 block of W Old Nashville Road, Columbus, in reference to a robbery.

A Columbus man said he arranged, over Facebook, to purchase a cell phone. He said, he picked up the suspected "seller" and drove him to a residence where he claimed to reside. On arrival, the suspect pointed an unknown object from his jacket pocket and demanded the victim's cell phone and wallet.

The suspect took the items and fled the area. Deputy Matt Bush and K9 Diesel responded to the scene but were unable to track the suspect.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers says: "If you are buying or selling to someone you met online, ask specific questions that someone who owns the product would know. If they can't answer basic questions, there is a good chance they don't actually have the product and chances are it is a setup to rob you."

"You should meet only in a public place and never go to a secondary location. Finally, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", added Myers.

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