Appeal after phones stolen following fake Facebook marketplace sale

Appeal after phones stolen following fake Facebook marketplace sale

Officers are appealing for information after two mobile phones were stolen in fake Facebook marketplace sales.

Police were called at 5.45pm on Wednesday (20 April) after a man had attended an address off Bodmin Avenue, Stafford.

The offender had agreed to purchase a Samsung S22 plus, worth £1,000, from the occupants via Facebook.

However, on arrival, the man had snatched the phone from the seller and left the scene in a silver VW parked nearby.

The day before, on Tuesday (19 April), a similar theft had been reported at an address near Silverthorn Way, Stafford.

At approximately 2.45pm, the man snatched a mobile phone from the occupant after agreeing a purchase on Facebook.

The offender left the scene in a silver VW.

Officers believe both offences may have been committed by the same suspect (pictured), who may be using a false account to facilitate the meetings via social media.

The offender is described as white, tall in height, of slim build with a full-beard.

He was wearing a black coat and jeans at the time of the incident on Wednesday (20 April).

Anyone with any information or relevant CCTV or dashcam footage of the areas at the time of the thefts are asked to contact us on 101, Facebook or Twitter, quoting incident 595 of 20 April.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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