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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.

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"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.

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