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Teen arrested in 'LetGo' robberies

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The Daily Reflector

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Greenville police on Saturday announced the arrest of a teenager in connection with a series of robberies related to a mobile marketplace app.

Detectives with the Greenville Police Department’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit have arrested 16-year-old Isaiah David Harragin of Greenville and charged him in four recent cases.

In each of the cases, Harragin, who posed as a potential buyer on the “LetGo” app, lured a legitimate seller to a parking lot and subsequently robbed them of their belongings, according to police. In some instances, victims were held at gunpoint.

Harragin is accused of pulling out a gun on a 30-year-old Greenville man during an arranged meeting Tuesday in the parking lot of BPL Plasma, 2727 E. 10th St.

The man had posted his laptop for sale on the “LetGo” app, and the two arranged to meet about 8:15 p.m., according to police. When the potential buyer pulled out a gun, the victim immediately told the suspect he could have the Acer laptop.

A similar robbery occurred a couple blocks away at Eastern Elementary School on Cedar Lane just a short time later.

The victim in that case had listed a phone and vape system for sale on “LetGo.” When the seller met the potential buyer on Cedar Lane, the suspect grabbed the two items and ran, police said. No weapon was displayed.

Harragin also is charged in two July cases, a larceny on July 6 outside the Waffle House, 1930 S.E. Greenville Blvd., and a larceny on July 23 outside the Shell gas station at 1900 S.E. Greenville Blvd. Details about what items were stolen in those cases were not immediately available on Saturday.

Detectives executed a search warrant at Harragin’s residence on Eastbrook Drive and recovered a pair of $800 stolen shoes and a stolen laptop computer from the above cases, according to a news release issued Saturday by the police department. Multiple cellphones also were seized.

Harragin was jailed at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $266,000 secured bond. Police said additional charges could be forthcoming.

The police department advises that it has designated “Internet Exchange Zones” outside each of the three Greenville Police Department substations.

A police officer may not always be present for every exchange, but each of the areas are under 24-hour video surveillance. Those wishing to make an exchange may also do so in the lobby of any of the substations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The West Zone Substation is located at 1024 W. Fifth St.; the East Zone Substation is at 3195 E. 10th St., Suite A (behind Little Caesar’s Pizza and GK Café), and the South Zone Substation is at 728 S.W. Greenville Blvd. (in the Greenville Grande shopping center).

Police advise there are risks involved any time a person plans to meet a stranger to exchange merchandise, regardless of the location. They offer these tips:

■ When making online exchanges, arrange to meet during the daytime hours.

■ Never go into a neighborhood unless you’re familiar with the person you are meeting and the neighborhood.

■ If the person you are meeting doesn’t want to exchange items at the police department, it’s a good indicator that you shouldn’t meet with that person at all.

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