MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A man in Mobile thought he was meeting someone to make a purchase, but instead he ended up becoming the victim of a robbery.
According to Mobile Police, the victim used the OfferUp app — a marketplace which connects people looking to buy and sell used items — to arrange a meeting at an apartment complex.
The victim parked at the Crossings at Pinebrook apartment complex on Michael Boulevard just after 9:00 p.m. on Monday.
The person he was there to meet approached him, pulled out a gun and demanded the cash that the victim brought to make the purchase, police said.
In addition to the cash, police said the suspect also made off with the victim’s car keys, although the suspect did not take the car.
Mobile Police encourage people who shop online to use designated safe zones as meeting places. For example, outside MPD Headquarters is a parking area with a sign that reads “Internet Purchase Safe Exchange Zone.”
“I mean if someone doesn’t want to meet in front of a police department, there may be more than one reason why. But these would all be questions I’d be asking before I met somebody especially to exchange money for some sort of merchandise,” said Commander Kevin Levy with the Mobile Police Department.
Similar safe zones are located at police precincts across the city.