A 28-year-old North Delta man who arranged to meet a couple of people after answering a post on the internet ended up losing his iPhone to muggers.
The victim was robbed on Tuesday night by two young men in the 11600-block of Lyon Road in North Delta.
"The complainant advised that he had made arrangements to meet the two unknown males after answering a post on the internet," Delta Police Const. Ciaran Feenan said. "The complainant advised that upon handing his phone to one of the suspects, both suspects then immediately fled the scene on foot with the phone. An area search was conducted with negative results, and the stolen property was added to the police database. Investigation is still ongoing."
Feenan said the suspects - one East Indian and the other Asian - are believed to have been in their late teens or early 20s.
Feenan said Delta Police have been dealing with some iPhone robberies lately. "We're warning young people to keep their phones out of sight when you're in public."
Last week, Surrey Mounties issued a warning that cautioned high school students to be extra careful on their way to and from school after a series of cell phone muggings in the city.
Cpl. Bert Paquet said that the number of muggings has since dropped off.
Feenan was not able to confirm if this latest victim in North Delta had been trying to sell his phone through an internet ad.
Paquet noted that advertising one's phone for sale and then arranging to meet a prospective buyer alone on a dark street is not a good idea.
"There should be bells ringing everywhere," he said. "At some point common sense should prevail."