Detectives with the Greenville Police Department’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit have made a second arrest in a series of robberies related to the mobile marketplace app LetGo.
According to a news release issued Tuesday by the Greenville Police Department, 17-year-old Darryl Stephon Blunt Jr. of Greenville was arrested on Friday and faces multiple charges that include felony larceny, common law robbery, aiding and abetting armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Last week, detectives arrested 16-year-old Isaiah David Harragin of Greenville in connection with the same cases, the release said.
Blunt and Harragin were charged in connection with the following cases:
* an armed robbery on Aug. 8 at 2727 E. 10th St. (BPL Plasma);
* a strong armed robbery on Aug. 8 on Cedar Lane (Eastern Elementary);
* a larceny on July 6 at 1930 S.E. Greenville Blvd. (Waffle House);
* a larceny on July 23 at 1900 S.E. Greenville Blvd. (Shell Gas Station).
In each of the incidents, Harragin allegedly posed as a potential buyer on the LetGo app and lured legitimate sellers to a parking lot where they were robbed, the release said. In some instances, victims were held at gunpoint.
Detectives recovered some of the stolen property from the residence of both Blunt and Harragin, the release said.
Blunt was booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond and Harragin was jailed under a $266,000 secured bond, the release said. Investigators said additional charges could be forthcoming.
In March, Blunt was one of five Greenville teens that were arrested in connection to a home break-in in Lenoir County where one of the teens was shot by the homeowner.
The Greenville Police Department would like to remind the public that police have established “Internet Exchange Zones” outside each of the three Greenville Police Department substations. Although the department cannot guarantee an officer can be present for every exchange, each of the areas are under 24-hour video surveillance.
Anyone wishing to make an exchange may also do so in the lobby of the substations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Addresses for the substations are:
* West Zone Substation – 1024 W. Fifth St.
* East Zone Substation – 3195 Suite A, E. 10th St.
* South Zone Substation – 728 S.W. Greenville Blvd.
Anytime you meet a stranger to exchange merchandise there are risks involved, regardless of the location. When making online exchanges, the police department suggests that you:
* Arrange to meet during the daytime hours;
* Never go into a neighborhood unless you are familiar with the person you are meeting and the neighborhood;
* If the person you are meeting does not want to exchange items at the police department, it is a good indicator that you should not meet with that person at all.