Robbery suspect arrested after victim posts on social media

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Your Orangeville Police Service has arrested and charged a 17-year-old male with theft resulting from a concerning post on social media.

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, at approximately 7:00 a.m., police were called to investigate a social media post by a male who had claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint. A concerned citizen notified police of the post and officers made contact with the male victim.

The victim reported that he had advertised a cellular phone for sale on a local buy and sell social media site. At approximately 5:15am he was contacted by a male who was interested in purchasing the phone. After agreeing on a price, arrangements were made for the two to meet at a location on Century Drive to complete the transaction. The two males met at the pre-arranged location where the phone was turned over to the potential buyer to inspect. At this time the male ran with the phone without paying for it. The male stopped a distance away and turned back towards the victim. The victim then reports that the suspect removed what he believed may have been a pellet gun from the waistband of his pants and yelled a derogatory comment to the victim before running from the area.

After approximately two hours, a male attended the Orangeville Police Service to turn himself in. The male also surrendered the stolen phone to police.

The 17-year-old male, whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested and charged with Theft Under $5000.
The accused youth was later released from custody to a parent and is scheduled to appear in court in Orangeville on September 18, 2017, to answer to the allegations.

The Orangeville Police Service reminds residents that the public is welcome to complete social media buy and sell transactions at the police services 390 C Line headquarters.
“We welcome the public to use the police station as a place of safety for these types of transactions. The safety and security of our community is our number one priority”, said Constable Scott Davis, Public and Media Relations Officer.