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Police give tips for resale apps after StuyTown sale turns into robbery

Craigslist and app robbery in StyuTown, tips
Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-03 10:51:30-05

STUYVESANT TOWN, Manhattan — Apps like Letgo and OfferUp have made it easier and easier to sell unwanted items you might have lying around your house — and that's on top of popular services like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.

But when looking to make an extra buck on apps like these, where sellers inevitably decide on a time and place to meet up with their newfound customers, one of the concerns that often comes to a seller's (or buyer's) mind is security.

On Monday, police said a 31-year-old man made arrangements to sell a Moncler winter coat via an app, but the transaction quickly turned into something else.

The man met two other men who he thought wanted to buy his coat on Friday, Nov. 22, just before 6 p.m. inside of a Chipotle in Stuyvesant Town. Police said one of the two unidentified men grabbed the coat and ran, while the other wrestled with the victim.

The men fled, running toward 18th Street. No injuries were reported.

NYPD Detective Sophia Mason told PIX11 that shoppers and sellers should meet at or near an NYPD precinct when conducting one of these transactions; choose busy, well lit areas; and bring someone with you.

App selling safety tips

Police didn't specify which app the victim used to try to sell his coat, but said their tips go for any selling app or site.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).