ST. JOHN — A 18-year-old man was robbed of a gaming system Tuesday after making arrangements on social media to meet a purported buyer, police said.
St. John police were dispatched about 9:20 a.m. to the Midwest Ice Arena at 10600 White Oak Avenue, where they spoke with the 18-year-old, Police Chief James Kveton said.
The man told police he communicated with an individual on SnapChat and planned to meet in the parking lot of the arena to sell a gaming system.
The man arrived and met four black male subjects. He produced the gaming system and then the four took it from him during a struggle and left in a white SUV with Illinois license plates, police said.
Kveton encouraged residents to always use designated safe areas to make in-person transactions arranged online.
"Many police departments have locations designated for online transactions in their parking lots that are under 24 hours video surveillance," Kveton said. "Also, when you are meeting with a stranger, don't go alone, always bring someone with you."
Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or has information about it is asked to call Detective Cmdr. Steve Flores 219-365-6032.