Botched FB Iphone sale leads to home invasion

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The Delaware State Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred last evening as a result of bad Facebook iphone sale.

DOVER (DE): A Facebook iPhone purchase went bad when a 35-year-old Dover man told police that earlier in the day he had communicated with a female through Facebook to make a purchase of two iPhones.

Police say they responded to the 300 block of South Little Creek Road for a reported home invasion. The male victim told police he met with the female and made the purchase. However, later in the evening, the same female that the victim had made the purchase from had contacted him about buying an additional iPhone. The female arranged for the victim to meet with another female to discuss the purchase of this additional phone.

According to police spokeswoman Mellisa Jaffe, While the victim agreed to meet the female, he was in his vehicle in a parking lot when the female had entered his car to discuss the purchase of the iPhone. The victim advised this female that his money was at his residence at which time the two of then drove to his house. Upon the victim exiting his vehicle, he was approached by two males displaying firearms and demanding money.

Jaffe said, “the victim was then forced inside of his residence. While the two male suspects where inside of the victim’s residence, they ransacked a bedroom. When they did not find any money, they forced the victim at gunpoint back into his own vehicle. The suspects then proceeded to drive the victim around in his vehicle demanding to know the location of the money.”

The suspects eventually returned to the residence, and again forced the victim back inside of his house for a second time. The suspects obtained several iPhones, an iPad, personal documents and the keys to the victim’s house and vehicle prior to fleeing the scene.

The first suspect was described as a black female, 20-30 years of age.

The second suspect was described as a black male, approximately 20-30 years of age, 6’00”-6’02” tall, wearing a face mask partially covering his face, a light-colored sweatshirt and displaying a handgun.

The third suspect was described as a black male, approximately 20-30 years of age, 6’00”-6’02” tall, thin build, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and also a face mask partially covering his face, and displaying a handgun.

No further suspect information could be provided at this time.

The victim was not injured as a result of this incident.

If anyone has any information in reference to this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective D. Blomquist, Troop 3 Criminal Investigative Unit at 302-698-8426.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1800 842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at


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