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EAST CHICAGO — A man was robbed of $600 Friday after meeting a person in East Chicago to buy a dirt bike, police said.

The man told police he met another man at a Calumet City shopping center who offered to sell the dirt bike and they exchanged information, Lt. Marguerite Wilder said.

The man later received a text message from the suspect, who asked that they meet in a parking lot in the 4700 block of Indianapolis Boulevard, she said.

The suspect picked up the man in a brown Ford vehicle, drove him to 150th Street and Baring Avenue and told him to wait in a hallway. The suspect returned a short time later with a gun and pointed it at the man.

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The man dropped the money and fled the building, Wilder said.

She said residents can deter any potential risk during similar transactions by using the Public Safety Facility building as a meeting place.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call detectives at (219) 391-8318. To remain anonymous, call (219) 391-8500.

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