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Smyrna Police: Social Media Sale Ends in Robbery

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SMYRNA, Del.- Smyrna police say a man who thought he had made a deal to buy a pair of shoes though social media was instead robbed of his cash by a 17-year-old boy, who is now facing multiple charges.

Police said that shortly after 10 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a reported strong-armed robbery at the Simon’s Corner Shopping Center on Jimmy Drive. When officers arrived on the scene, they met with a 19-year-old man who told them an acquaintance had just robbed him.

According to police, the victim stated that he made arrangements via social media with an acquaintance to purchase a pair of sneakers. Investigators said the victim and suspect then went to a local business where the victim cashed his paycheck. Police said that while the victim was attempting to pay the suspect what he owed him for the shoes, the suspect grabbed all of the cash from the victim’s hands and fled the area toward South Carter Road. 

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. Police said with the assistance of Smyrna police detectives, a photo lineup was created and the victim was able to positively identify the suspect as a 17-year-old boy from Smyrna. 

Police said that while still in the presence of officers, the victim began receiving threatening messages from the suspect who stated that if he (the victim) contacted law enforcement, he would be shot. 

Officers obtained a warrant charging the 17-year-old suspect with one count of second-degree robbery and one count of terroristic threatening.  Later in the evening, at around 9 p.m., an officer with the Cheswold Police Department contacted the suspect during a traffic stop and detained him. 

The suspect was then turned over to the custody of the Smyrna Police Department where he was arraigned on the aforementioned charges and ordered held in the Stevenson House Detention Center in Milford in lieu of $6,000 secured bail pending a future Family Court hearing.  The suspect was also issued a no contact order with the victim, police said. 

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