ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Normandy Police are investigating multiple cases where people responded to apps and links to buy items but then were robbed and in one instance shot. Two of the cases involved 'Letgo,' an app where people can buy and sell used items. Another one involved a buy/sell/trade link on Facebook.
The two 'Letgo' cases happened in the 5800 block of Bermuda Drive Sunday at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Investigators say the victims went to meet someone allegedly to buy an iPhone X (ten) but then the meetings turned out to be robberies. One victim was shot in the leg.
That injury is believed to be non-life threatening.
Earlier in the day, a victim went to a Cool Valley address on Hawkesbury Drive to buy an Xbox but investigators say that was a robbery as well. Police believe all the cases are related. There were two suspects in the Cool Valley case and one in the Normandy attacks.
Normandy police say one additional robbery case in Ferguson near the Normandy border could also be connected. That case happened at Bermuda and Castro not long before the two incidents on the 5800 block of Bermuda in Normandy. The jurisdiction in the Bermuda and Castro case is still being evaluated.
In addition to investigating the two Normandy cases, Normandy Police are also looking into the incident in Cool Valley.
Authorities say people who are buying items from apps and links should always meet the sellers in a public place to be as safe as possible. Normandy police are asking anyone else who might have been a victim of this kind of crime recently to contact authorities.
At this point, Normandy Police aren`t releasing details on suspect information.
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