Online sale turns into gun robbery in Pickering: police

Two people selling game consoles in Pickering were held up at gunpoint earlier this week, according to Durham Regional Police.

Police were called to the downtown Pickering parking lot on Kingston Road at around 7:45 p.m. Thursday in response to reports of a suspected theft, police said in a press release.

The victims arranged to meet the suspect through a social media application, intending to sell him four PlayStation 5 consoles, police said.

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During their meeting, the suspect, a passenger in a gray Nissan Altima, brandished a gun and threatened the victims before leaving with the consoles, police said, adding that the suspect had fled the scene in a westerly direction.

Officers checked the area but could not find the suspect, who they describe as being between 20 and 30 years old, six feet four inches tall and wearing a cloth mask, gray pants and a black bubble jacket .

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No description of the driver of the vehicle was provided.

“Police are reminding residents to take precautions when selling items on any online platform,” the statement said.

“It’s best to meet during the day, in a public place away from your home, and bring someone with you.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2562 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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