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Teenager Robbed at Gunpoint During Online Sales Meet in Dover

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Police said the robbery occurred in Building C of 348 United Way. Police said the robbery occurred in Building C of 348 United Way.

DOVER, Del.- Police say a teenager was robbed at gunpoint in Dover on Sunday evening when he met with someone he thought was there to buy two iPhones from him.

According to Dover police, the armed robbery happened around 7 p.m. at 348 United Way Building C. Police said a black male suspect approached the 17-year-old male victim and displayed a handgun. The suspect then took cash from the victim's wallet and an iPhone from his pocket and ran out the south exit toward the Capitol Green neighborhood, according to police.

Police are describing the suspect as a man in his early 20s, about 6-feet tall and 220 pounds, with facial hair, wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on-line at http://www.tipsubmit.com or through the Dover Police Department MyPD Mobile App.

Dover police are taking this opportunity to remind people that the the department's parking lot, front entrance and surrounding areas are available for online sales meets. Buyers and sellers may also use the porch area of the front entrance to the police department under the overhang. That being said, the department and any of its employees will not act as a witness to a sale or be involved in any agreements or civil matters involving sales once completed.

If you choose not to use the the designated department locations, Dover police said to keep the following tips in mind:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe, shopping center parking lot, etc.
  • Do not meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.
  • Be especially careful buying or selling high value items.
  • Consider making high-value exchanges at your local police station.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going or when you’re having a buyer/seller in your home.
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one.
  • Consider having a friend accompany you.
  • Trust your instincts.
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