MONCKS CORNER, S.C.–Moncks Corner Police Chief Rick Ollic is warning the public to be very careful when agreeing to swap or trade merchandise with strangers on popular websites.
This warning comes after his officers recently arrested 19-year-old Jaquan Meleik Gathers for an armed robbery that occurred on February 6th in the front parking lot of Moss Grove Subdivision South Hwy 52 Moncks Corner.
Police say Gathers, under the ruse of selling an Apple I-Watch via the website OfferUp.com, lured the victim to a parking lot off of S. Hwy 52 in the Moss Grove Subdivision in Moncks Corner.
Ollic stated that the victim then presented money to buy the watch. That’s when police say he was held at gun point and robbed of both the money and watch.
According to Ollic, this case is another example of how the public needs to be aware of the possible dangers in meeting unknown persons from internet sites.
“The parties using these internet sites can register for accounts using totally fictitious names and identification and are very difficult to identify and track down,” he said.
Gathers is currently behind bars at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center charged with armed robbery. A judge has denied him bond.