3 charged in connection to Facebook sneaker sale robberies
Justin Feliciano (Albany Police Dept.)
Devon Davis (Albany Police Dept.)
ALBANY, N.Y. - Three Albany males have been charged following two separate robberies which police say occurred following interaction on a Facebook sales site.
Police say the first incident happened on March 22nd when the 17-year-old victim posted a pair of sneakers for sale on Facebook. The victim was contacted by the suspect on Facebook, and agreed to meet at Albany High School.
But once at the location, the victim told police the potential buyer pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and stole the victim's sneakers and iPhone. The suspect - a 14-year-old male - was arrested after an investigation and charged with Robbery 1st-degree.
The second incident occurred on April 3rd when the victim in this case posted a pair of Nike Air Jordans sneakers for sale on Facebook. The potential buyer agreed to meet the victim and a friend at Westland Hills Park located off of Colvin Avenue at 8:30 p.m.
When they arrived, the suspect said he forgot his money and asked them to follow him to an address on Davis Avenue. While there, the suspect - 18-year-old Devon Davis of Albany - struck the sneaker owner's friend in the face with his fist and stole the sneakers and fled the scene.
During the investigation, police found Davis' friend, 20-year-old Justin Feliciano, assisted in the robbey by helping Davis flee the scene in his vehicle.
They have both been charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th. Davis has also been charged with Robbery 3rd.
The Albany Police would like to remind members of the community about the following safety tips in regards online sales ads:
Check out the seller's information: Ask for a phone number and an address. Take that information, and check the names of the seller online to find out who you are dealing with.
Ask questions: Ask as many questions as you can before going to buy the product. If the seller can't answer your questions, there is a good chance that he doesn't actually have the product and could be setting you up.
Don't buy from sellers who only list an email address: This is usually an indicator that the seller has something to hide.
Meet in a public place – Criminals don't want witnesses; meeting in a public place like a coffee shop or cafe can help ensure your safety.
If it sounds too good to be true it probably is: Trust your instincts. If the deal sounds too good to be true you are better off passing it up.
Never go to a second location – If you arrive at the predetermined meeting place and the seller asks to go to another place, you should be concerned and leave.
Don't go alone. Always bring someone with you when meeting a potential buyer.
Show up early: If you are meeting in a public location, show up early and scope out the area. If you have even the slightest concern that something seems out of place, trust your instincts and leave.
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