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17-year-old arrested in Port St. Lucie Snapchat sales robbery

Posted at 11:50 AM, Feb 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-12 11:50:15-05

Port St. Lucie police arrested a 17-year-old for robbery after a Snapchat sales arrangement turned violent.

Officers say the victim agreed to sell the 17-year-old a pair of Nike shoes and Beats by Dre headphones for $110. They planned to meet at West Gate K-8 School in Port St. Lucie on Feb. 10.

The victim gave the suspect, who was sitting in the passenger seat of a car, the shoes and headphones and was handed a $100 bill. The victim realized the money was counterfeit and reached into the car to get his belongings back, according to a police report.

The driver of the suspect’s car accelerated and dragged the victim about 1,000 feet, officers said.

Police tracked down the suspect and recovered the property. The 17-year-old is facing charges for robbery and uttering a false bill.

Port St. Lucie police are encouraging people to use the "Meetup" spot at the police department for safer transactions.