A man who was trying to sell his cell phone in New London was robbed and shot at the men who robbed him, according to police.
The victim went into the New London police station at 6:53 p.m. Thursday to report what happened. He told officers that he’d driven to the area of Boulder Drive and Jefferson Avenue to meet a woman after he posted an ad online to sell a cell phone.
As he was waiting for the woman, two males he didn’t know approached him at gunpoint and stole the cell phone he was trying to sell, police said.
The victim said he pulled his gun and shot two rounds at the robbers and they ran away, police said.
No one was reported to have been shot and police said they did not find any victims.
Anyone who has information concerning the incident is urged to call the New London Police Department at 860-447-5269, extension 0 or submit anonymous information through the New London Tips 411 system by texting NLPDTip plus the information to Tip411 (847411).
Police urge people buying to selling items online to meet in a “Safe Exchange Zone,” like the police department lobby.
If you do not meet in a lobby, police recommend insisting on a public meeting place, avoid meeting in a secluded place or inviting strangers into your home.
Be especially careful when buying or selling high-value items and tell a friend or family member where you’re going.
Take your cellphone along if you have one and consider having a friend accompany you.
If the other person does not want to meet you in a public place that should be a red flag indicating that you do not want to conduct business with that person.