A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing an iPad during a private sale at Modbury last night.
Just before 8.30pm Thursday 21 January the victim attended a car park on North East Road, Modbury, to sell an iPad to an online buyer. He was approached and threatened by a group of up to four men, one allegedly armed with a knife, who stole the iPad and ran off towards Tea Tree Plaza.
Thankfully the victim wasn’t physically injured and was able to provide details to police including descriptions of the men.
A short time later police spotted a man matching the description nearby. He attempted to run from patrols but was quickly chased down and arrested.
The 38-year-old St Agnes man was charged with aggravated robbery and bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 2 March.
Investigations are continuing to identify and locate the other men in the group, who were captured on CCTV at several locations near the shopping centre.
Anyone with further information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.
Police recommend that anyone thinking of buying or selling goods online use the following tips:
- Always meet in a public space that you are familiar with, ideally in an area with CCTV cameras and preferably in daylight hours
- Attempt to gather details before meeting potential buyer such as the person’s name, phone number and email contact
- Tell at least one person where you are going and who you are with, consider bringing a friend/family member
- Take note of the description of the person when transaction takes place, including the registration number of the car if person arrives in one
- Ask for a receipt or some sort of proof of purchase
- Keep a record of all transactions if you are paying for the item in instalments
- Be alert and vigilant about your safety