Dayton woman says her son was robbed after Letgo app trade

Credit: Carroll, Susan (CMG-Dayton)

Credit: Carroll, Susan (CMG-Dayton)

A Dayton woman says her son was the victim of a robbery after trying to trade his Sony PlayStation 4 for an iPhone 6S on the Letgo classifieds mobile app Wednesday evening.

According to a Dayton police report, the woman showed police messages exchanged on the app between her son and a man who identified himself as “James Barker,” whose account might be based out of Moraine.

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Barker’s listing on Letgo stated he would trade his unlocked iPhone 6S in exchange for an Xbox, PS4 or $150 cash.

After agreeing to come to her residence to make the trade, the woman told police Barker parked behind her house in a silver vehicle, possibly with a temporary tag.

She stated Barker got out of the car, told her son he was resetting the iPhone, then got back into the vehicle with the PS4 and the iPhone and drove off.

She described Barker as a black male, about 18-years-old and approximately 5’7” with short hair.

According to the police report, Barker may also have a tattoo of a rose on one of his forearms.

Another black male with dread locks was sitting in the passenger seat but never exited the vehicle, the woman said.

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The woman said the PS4 cost about $250 and she did not have the serial number for the device.

If you have any information on the identity of James Barker, please contact the Dayton Police Department at 937-333-COPS (2677).

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