Chattanooga seeing increase in robberies involving people buying, selling items online

Chattanooga seeing increase in robberies involving people buying, selling items online

November 13th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Updated at 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, with information about two suspects being arrested.

UPDATE: Chattanooga police have arrested two men in connection with the robberies. 

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ORIGINAL STORY: The Chattanooga Police Department says it's seeing an increase in robberies involving people who are buying/selling items via online classified apps and websites. 

In the past week, three such robberies were committed, according to a news release. The victims were robbed at gunpoint of items they were trying to sell along with other personal items. 

To prevent crimes like these, CPD has a designated space in front of the Police Service Center at 3410 Amnicola Highway as a Safe Exchange Zone. 

The purpose "is to protect Chattanooga community members while swapping, trading, buying/selling items or during child custody exchanges," the release states.

The designated location has several video cameras, which record 24/7 to ensure a safe transaction. You do not need to check in at CPD to make a transaction but should park in the designated Safe Exchange Zone area. 

"Even though there's a designated area with cameras at the CPD," the release states, "we still recommend meeting to make exchanges during daylight hours, telling a friend or family member where you're going, and remember if a deal seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam."


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