We remain in Brooklyn for another unfortunate entry into the annals of sneaker-dereived folly. A New York man who was selling shoes online was brutally beaten and robbed by three men.
The victim/seller was using the “Let’s Go” app which allows people to list and and buy items from other users. According to Brownsville police, the 25-year-old seller arranged to meet a prospective buyer for his Yeezy sneakers on Wednesday afternoon. All seemed to be going well with the transaction , the shoes and payment were being exchanged in the man’s apartment, when two other men showed up and attempted to steal things from the seller. As he fought the three would-be thieves, one of the suspects pulled out a hammer and hit the victim. The trio then made off with the shoes and approximately $125 in cash.
The victim did not need to be taken to the hospital for his injuries.
Security expert Manny Gomez had this to say to New York’s CBS2:
When you see three people for a transaction like that, it’s a flag….Give away the sneakers, give away whatever it is,” he said. “Be protected, try to be safe, that’s the goal.
Gomez advised sellers that if you are going to sell to a stranger, make sure you select a meeting location that is packed with people. He also says that if sellers are menaced don’t look to be a hero or fight over the merchandise. As Gomez puts it, “ Personal safety is always more pressing than personal property.
The three suspects were caught on surveillance camera entering the victim’s building and police are currently searching for them.
A Let Go spokespersons says their team is working hand-in-hand with law enforcement.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.