Police arrest suspect in online robbery ring

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    Port-of-Spain CID detectives believe they have made inroads into an online robbery ring following the arrest of another suspect.

    The TTPS says the 24-year-old of Calvary Hill, East Dry River, is the main suspect in a series of reports of online scams and robberies.

    He has been charged with robbery with aggravation and robbery with violence and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

    He is the sixth person to be arrested and charged in the Port-of-Spain Division in connection with these types of online robberies.

    Five others were charged in April.

    He was arrested on July 22nd as officers were investigating the circumstances in which unsuspecting buyers were lured by a seller on several Facebook marketplaces.

    These incidents reportedly occurred in February and July 2021 in the Central and Besson Street Policing Districts.

    According to police reports, potential buyers responded to fictitious online advertisements and directed to unfamiliar locations where they were robbed.

    Using special technology, detectives were able to locate the suspected seller who was later positively identified by the victims.

    The TTPS says within the last few months, the Crime and Problem Analysis Branch has issued several bulletins to citizens warning of this online thread of scams and robberies.

    It reiterates that persons should conduct transactions through legitimate and reputable businesses and online retail sources.