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Warren Police handling robbery, chase, crash, and manhunt over a camera for sale on Facebook's Marketplace

Posted: 5:24 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 17:24:38-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer says two young men are now in custody after pulling off an armed robbery over a camera for sale on the Facebook Marketplace.

The transaction was set up to take place in the parking lot of the K-Mart at Ten Mile and Dequindre. It turned out to be a set up for a robbery.

The two young men who were selling the camera say they aren’t rich and needed the money, so they put up the camera for sale.

When they arrived, two men indicated they had guns in their pocket and took off with the camera, a wallet, 5 dollars and an iPhone X. But the victims had another phone and called 911.

Warren Police released dash cam video that shows them racing to the scene and tracking the getaway car to Mound Road and Davison. They found it crashed. One man inside ran off on foot. The suspects’ car was a Mustang. It crashed into a Cadillac.

That driver had minor injuries. Police say the two suspects that were arrested are 19 and 18 from Warren and Southfield.

Commissioner Bill Dwyer also says people selling online and meeting face-to-face should do it in a safe and secure place like the Warren Police Department lobby which is open 24-7 and has surveillance video. Dwyer also says they were lucky no one was injured.

He says the robbers were armed and these types of crimes are on the increase.