WPD: Man trying to sell cell phone robbed during meeting with potential buyer


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after they say a man trying to sell a cell phone on the internet was robbed in a parking lot during a meeting with a potential buyer.

Wilmington Police say just after 12:15 a.m., officers were flagged down in the 1900 block of S. 16th Street, which led them to the Burger King parking lot there. That’s where police say a man told them he had arranged to meet someone who was interested in buying the iPhone 5 he was trying to sell.

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The man selling the cell told officers when he got the parking lot, the man he was meeting immediately demanded that he hand over the phone. Police say two more men then walked towards the victim from opposite directions.

Police say the three eventually took off running with two cell phones and a backpack. Though the man was not hurt during the robbery, WPD is investigating the crime.