Members of the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) have commenced an investigation in relation to a buy and sell transaction gone bad.

The seller posted an online ad for their iPhone 7 Plus to potential buyers. On Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 p.m. the seller met with an individual near Mitchell Place and Bowring Court in the Town of Milton.

When the seller turned the cell phone over to the buyer for inspection, the (buyer) fled to a nearby waiting vehicle with it in hand. The seller gave chase but stopped when one of the vehicle’s occupants pointed what is believed to have been a firearm in his direction. The suspects then drove away with the iPhone. No injuries were sustained by seller and there is no threat to public safety.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect 1: Male, black 18 to 22 years old, short, curly, dark hair, wearing a dark grey hoodie and jeans.

Suspects 2-4:  Male, black.

Suspect vehicle: newer model black Mercedes 4 door sedan.

Police reminds members of the public to exercise caution when buying and selling items online and to always arrange for transactions to take place in well-lit, travelled areas such as malls, coffee shops or the parking lot of any HRPS station.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Lynn of the Milton Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2442. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).