CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) - Western New Yorkers who use the facebook marketplace to buy and sell items should do so with caution.
Cheektowaga Police are trying to identify a man who responded to "for sale" ad for a cell phone on the community facebook page, then stole it during the in-person exchange.
Police say the man and the victim agreed to meet in the Eggert/ East Delevan area to make the sale.
According to police, the victim gave the suspect the phone, and and the suspect pretended to go into a home, and then took off running.
The online meet and grab is a buyer or sellers worst nightmare, but City of Tonawanda Police Captain Frederick Foels says if you are looking to complete an online deal in person do so in their "Exchange Zone".
"Nothing is 100% fail safe but you would like to think two designated parking spots, next to a police station you know you are in a well lit area.
The zone is in the parking lot of the CIty of Tonawanda Police Department and is monitored 24-7 by officers.
Police say the man is a black male in his mid-twenties with dreadlocks and a beard. His facebook username is "“G Rec CSP Briccs”."
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jim Genson at 686-3520 or Text anonymously to TIP411 (847411). Start your message with CPDNY and type the rest of your message.