POLICE: Teen uses mobile app to rob people

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A 16-year-old is behind bars after Greenville Police say he robbed people he met on a mobile marketplace app by pretending to be a potential buyer.

Detectives with the Greenville Police Department's Gun Violence Reduction Unit arrested Isaiah Harragin of Greenville on Saturday for several counts of armed robbery and larceny.

Police say Harragin would lure victims through the LetGo app by pretending to be intertested in purchasing an item the victim was selling.

Harragin would meet the victims in different parking lots and then rob them of their belongings, police said.

During the investigation, detectives say they found $800 worth of stolen shoes, a stolen laptop computer, and multiple cell phones at Harragin's home on Eastbrook Drive.

Harragin is charged with armed robbery, strong arm robbery and two counts of larceny. He is being held under a $266,000 secured bond.

Police say there could be more charges made in this case.

To prevent similar incidents from happening police encourage online sellers and buyers to meet at one of the three "Internet Exchange Zones" outside of the Greenville Police Department substations.

The following zones are under 24-hour video surveillance:

  • West Zone Substation: 1024 W. 5th Street

  • East Zone Substation: 3195 Suite A, E. 10th Street (behind Little Caesar's Pizza and GK Café)

  • South Zone Substation: 728 Southwest Greenville Boulevard (in the Greenville Grande shopping center)