State police on Tuesday accused two teenagers of robbing a man at gunpoint after arranging to meet him via Instagram and sell him a cell phone.
The Soldiers were called around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Midway Plaza shopping center in the 4600 block of the Kirkwood Freeway in Milltown, Master Corporal said. Michael Austin, Delaware State Police spokesperson.
An 18-year-old man told police he was speaking with another man via Instagram to buy a cell phone and negotiate a price, Austin said. The two agreed to meet in the back alley of the mall to close the sale, he said.
The man who bought the phone was driven by a friend to the meeting place and approached by two men who he said were selling the phone to him, Austin said.
Instead, one of the men pulled out a silver and black handgun, pointed it at the buyer and demanded money, he said. After the victim complied, the two fled on foot, Austin added.
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Detectives were able to identify the two men involved in the robbery as Davine Boyce, 18, of Wilmington, and a 16-year-old boy from Newport.
The two teenagers were then located and transported to Troop 2 where they were arrested and each charged with one count of first degree theft and conspiracy.
Boyce was taken to the Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington instead of $ 11,000 on bail.
The 16-year-old was turned over to his guardian on unsecured bond of $ 10,000.
Police advised those arranging purchases through online platforms to do the following:
- Agree to meet during daylight hours.
- Don’t go alone to a transaction.
- Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the details of the transaction.
- Insist on meeting in a public space where the cameras are located. You can still make transactions in the parking lots of troops or police departments.
- Do not enter someone else’s house or allow them to enter yours.
- If someone isn’t willing to meet you in a public space, during the day, it’s probably not a legitimate transaction.
- Trust your instincts.
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