Stupid Things People Do For Sneakers: South Jersey teen arrested over sneaker sale gone wrong

If you are selling sneakers in Bridgeton, New Jersey or using the Offer up application you may want to exercise some caution.

A local resident did both and found himself the victim of a robbery.

According to police, they were sent to a robbery call around Henry Street and South Avenue at approximately 8:20 on Friday, May 18. Upon arrival they met with the victim who said he had made arrangements to sell a pair of sneakers through OfferUp. The victim said that he met two men at the agreed upon location and handed one of them the sneakers for their inspection.

The victim told police that one of the men then brandished a knife and told him “not to do anything or he would be hurt.”

Police indicated the alleged robbers fled into a blue house on South Avenue. Shortly thereafter Bridgeton police arrested 19-year-old Michael E. Thompson in connection to the robbery. Thompson was charged with robbery, theft, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and on an unspecified warrant.

Police did not say if the second suspect was arrested.

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