Wilmington police warn residents of Craigslist robberies

The Wilmington Police Department is warning the public about individuals selling dirt bikes on websites like Craigslist and letgo.

Authorities say they are investigating a number of armed robberies and attempted robberies stemming from people looking to buy dirt bikes and other items, meeting with folks who posted on those sites.

One such incident was reported early Sunday morning. An alleged assault victim told investigators that he traveled to Lewes from Dover to meet with a potential seller of an electronic device that was posted on Craigslist.

The victim met the seller at the north end of Stingey Lane and, as the two began to converse, three men reportedly approached his car and punched him in the face through his window.

The three men then reportedly pulled the 32-year-old man from his vehicle and continued to assault him while removing his jewelry and a cell phone.

The suspects then fled the area in an unknown direction while the Craigslist seller drove away from the scene.

The victim drove himself to Beebe Healthcare for treatment where he reported the alleged crime.

Police describe the suspects as one white man and two black men. No further physical or clothing descriptions were given.

When conducting such transactions, Delaware State Police recommend that buyers meet up during daylight hours, avoid going alone and meeting somewhere in public where cameras are located.

Authorities even suggest residents can conduct transactions in police department parking lots.

Anyone with information related to the aforementioned incident is urged to contact Trooper J. Berry at 302-644-5020.

Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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