Waterloo police issue warning after alleged robbery stemming from online classified ad

Waterloo Regional Police continue to warn the public after another robbery was reported involving a transaction initiated on an online classified website.

Officers say that on Friday, two alleged victims agreed to meet with a prospective buyer near Block Line and Strasburg roads in Kitchener.

At the meeting, the prospective buyer allegedly assaulted them, grabbed a cellphone from the pair and took off in a vehicle with two other men.

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Police are urging people to take special care when they agree to make a sale or purchase through an online site.

Officers suggest meeting in a well-lit public place with surveillance cameras. Police stations are an ideal meeting point, and the lobbies are always open.

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Police also encourage people to be wary of the other party if they suggest a last-minute location switch.

Police suggest bringing a friend or ensuring someone is aware of your location and warn people against bringing along large amounts of money.

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