NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police today warned the public to exercise caution when meeting with buyers and sellers of items over social media to guard against robberies and ensure goods are not stolen.
In a statement, police press liaison Assistant Superintendent Audley Peters said buyers could be charged if found in possession of stolen goods.
Peters also confirmed two armed robberies on New Providence on Saturday.
The statement read: “The police wish to remind the public that individuals who are negotiating the purchase and sale of items social media should exercise caution when meeting with the buyers or sellers.
“Both parties should ensure that when finalizing transactions, that it is done at a safe location and accompanied by a witness to prevent the occurrence of robberies. Buyers should also ensure that sellers are the rightful owners of the merchandise being sold.”
The statement continued: “It is possible that the buyer could be charged with the offense of Stealing and Receiving if found in possession of stolen goods. It will be of great benefit to buyers and sellers to verify names with a government-issued identification during transactions.
“Finally, when completing the transaction, make certain that the cash is not counterfeit,” it added.
In the first incident, a man was robbed while walking west along Andros Avenue shortly after 11am.
The man was robbed by three men who exited a small black Japanese vehicle.
“One of the suspects produced what appeared to be a black pistol and robbed him of a black backpack which contained cash, a cell phone and other personal items,” the statement read.
“The culprits made good their escape heading west on Andros Avenue.”
The second armed robbery took place sometime around 3pm at the intersection of Sea Link Drive and Baillou Hill Road.
According to reports, a man was sitting in his parked car when two men approached and one of the suspects produced a handgun.
The pair stole his red 2010 Toyota Passo, cash and a collection of iPhones.
Peters said officers later recovered the vehicle abandoned on East Street South.
Anyone with information that can assist with police investigations into these incidents, and other criminal matters, can contact the Criminal Investigation Department at 502-9991/2, Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS (8477) or the nearest police station.
Peters added that calls to the COVID-19 hotlines have aided in the drastic reduction in social gatherings.
“The public is encouraged to continue to call 702-9967, 702-9968 and 702-9969 to report any incident of social gatherings that may be in contravention of the COVID-19 Emergency Order,” the statement read.