Two robbed after arranging iPhone sales via Facebook, Albany Police say


Albany Police are warning against meeting strangers to buy and sell items based on social media interactions after two separate armed robberies.

Police say one victim was robbed at knifepoint Friday around 5:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Second Street in Albany after agreeing to meet someone he had met on Facebook to sell an iPhone.

Another victim told police he was robbed at gunpoint around 11:00 p.m. on Garfield Place.  The victim said he had arranged to meet someone he met on Facebook to sell an iPhone. When he arrived at the meetup location, the suspect pulled out a silver-colored handgun and demanded his money.

Both robberies remain under investigation. Police say it’s unknown if they are related.

Anyone with information on either robbery should contact the Albany Police Detective Division at 518-462-8029 or submit an anonymous tip at

Meanwhile, police are warning against meeting unknown buyers and sellers in unknown or unsafe locations. Police say anyone is welcome to meet in the lobbies of either Albany Police Station 24 hours a day.

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