A robbery near Belleville in which the victim was pistol whipped is prompting a warning from Metro-east authorities about the dangers of online sales.
St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson says a woman and her boyfriend were robbed at gun point in the parking lot of the Bradford Place Apartments. They were lured there by someone who'd advertised an iPhone for sale on Craigslist.
Two teens, one with a gun, stole the couple's cash and a cell phone. One of the teens struck the woman in the head with a handgun.
One of the suspects is identified as 17 yr. old Trevon Yates of East St. Louis. The other is a juvenile, identified only as a 16 yr. old male. Both teens are now in custody and facing felony charges.
Sheriff Watson is reminding the public to use extreme caution when buying and selling things online and only meet strangers in a well-lit, public place.