Garage sales have long been the best way for people to sell their unwanted items. Then along came eBay, and people began selling their things that way.
The most recent way to rid yourself of unwanted items and still make a buck is to use other online services (Craigslist, LetGo, OfferUp, etc.) which have the buyer and seller meeting face-to-face for the exchange.
This comes with some risk and we have already had several cases involving robbery during these meet-ups.
One particular case of this occurred on July 25 in the Polo Park area of Davenport.
20-year-old Jose arranged to meet up with a 19-year-old woman in a parking lot. Jose had posted on the LetGo app that he wanted to sell a PlayStation console for $100, and the woman was an interested buyer.
When the woman arrived at the parking lot, she had the cash on her lap while she stayed in the car. Jose reached in, grabbed the money and fled.
Deputies managed to catch him a short time later and the way they did is quite amazing. We posted the story on our Facebook page — facebook.com/polkcountysheriff/ — in case you want to read about it.
The important thing here is that people need to be cautious when doing these meet-ups.
Never go alone; the more people you have with you, the safer you’ll be. Arrange to meet in a highly-visible, well-lit area — and preferably an area that has security cameras.
Perhaps you might choose a Polk County Sheriff’s Office Substation. We have five throughout the county for your convenience — and bad-guys generally don’t like going to them.