LetGo Robbery in Hammond Leads to Warning from Police

“”If you are going to sell and purchase from internet sites such as this, please have all parties meet at our designated parking spot located in the police department parking lot. This spot is clearly marked and under 24/7 video surveillance.” Hammond Police Chief John Doughty

September 22, 2017-Police say a man was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries after he chased a robbery suspect who had posed as a purchaser through the App Letgo. According to Lt. Steven Kellogg of the Hammond Police Deparment, “On Sept. 21 at approximately 12:45 p.m., a Hammond Police Detective was patrolling a neighborhood when he observed a young male that appeared suspicious frantically through yards holding what appeared to be a tablet computer. A few minutes later, a call was received of a Robbery that just took place in the 800 block of State
street, just a few blocks away.” Hammond Police and Fire responded to the scene where, according to the victims mother, he had fallen while chasing the suspect. The victim “was selling a IPAD through an internet commerce app called Letgo. They were to meet with a buyer in the 800 of State Street to sell the IPAD. A young male met the victim and showed him the IPAD at which point the boy grabbed the IPAD and fled the area” according to Lt. Kellogg. The victim was transported to St. Margaret Hospital where he was treated for undisclosed injuries. Hammond Police say they have been able to identify a suspect in the robbery, but he is not in custody at this time.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty wants to remind everyone “If you are going to sell and purchase from internet sites such as this, please have all parties meet at our designated parking spot located in the police department parking lot. This spot is clearly marked and under 24/7 video surveillance. If the other party refuses to meet
at this location, then do not do business with that party, period. Numerous people use this spot every day and it is the best way to conduct safe transactions. What we want for our citizens and anyone visiting our city, is their safety.”

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