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On March 10, 2019, the Southern Pines Police Department arrested a sixteen (16) year old male, who was charged for the offenses of Robbery, Robbery with a Firearm, Larceny (2 counts), Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Arrest.

On three separate occasions, this sixteen year old male responded to an online advertisement to purchase an IPhone that was listed for sale on the “Letgo” mobile classified application. In each instance, the owner of the IPhone agreed to meet the sixteen year old male to complete the sales transaction. Upon meeting the seller of the IPhone, the sixteen year old male stole the IPhone and on one occasion did so by pointing a firearm.

On March 19, 2019, following one of the reported thefts, Officers from the Southern Pines Police Department located the sixteen year old suspect on Dean Avenue in Southern Pines. The sixteen year old suspect fled from officers on foot and was subsequently apprehended. One stolen IPhone was recovered in addition to marijuana the suspect had in his possession.

This sixteen year old male was incarcerated in the Moore County Detention Center under a $20,000.00 secured bond.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Southern Pines Police Department would like to remind the community of the “Internet Purchase Exchange Area” at the Southern Pines Police Department located at 450 W. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Law enforcement across the country has recognized that criminals have been using online commerce to bring victims to them at a time and place of their choosing, which has resulted in stolen property offenses, robberies, sexual assaults and even homicides. The notoriety of crimes, wherein a buyer or seller in an internet arranged transaction was victimized, has created a need for locations where the public has a sense of security.

The Internet Purchase Exchange Area is another community focused proactive measure taken by the Southern Pines Police Department to further reduce crime in our community. The Southern Pines Police Department is uniquely equipped to provide a safe place for such exchanges due to a well-lit parking lot, dedicated indoor space, emergency contact/panic devices directly routed to Southern Pines Police Dispatchers, and 24/7 video surveillance monitoring of all areas.

The indoor Internet Purchase Exchange Area is located on the North West corner of the Southern Pines Police Department and is accessible 24/7 including holidays and weekends. Members of the Southern Pines Police Department will not assist in the facilitation of the transaction, and will not assist in obtaining identification from the buyer or seller, checking serial numbers on items involved in the transaction, or negotiating types of payment. Any disputes arising must be handled through the dispute resolution process prescribed by the internet site on which the arrangements were agreed. The sale, possession or purchase of firearms will not be permitted in the Internet Purchase Exchange Area. The Southern Pines Police Department assumes no liability regarding the quality or authenticity of the items involved in the transaction.



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