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Crime & Courts

Elmhurst police investigate armed robbery associated with Facebook sale

ELMHURST – Elmhurst police are investigating an armed robbery that reportedly occurred at 8:14 p.m. Nov. 27 in the 100 block of East North Avenue.

The 19-year-old victim told police that he responded to a Facebook post offering an iPhone 7 for sale, according to an Elmhurst Police Department news release. He met with two people described as black males, either teenagers or in their early 20s, 5’11 to 6-foot in height, wearing generic black hoodies in the 100 block of East North Avenue. At that time, one of the suspects produced a handgun and announced a robbery, the release stated.

The suspects took the victim's cash and fled eastbound on North Avenue in a 2006 Chevrolet Astro van, which was reported stolen from Hammond, Ind., according to the release.

Elmhurst residents are reminded that online transactions that require a face-to-face meeting can always take place in the lobby of the Elmhurst police station. The police station's lobby provides a safe environment and helps discourage an improper transaction, the release stated. The police lobby is open to the public and staffed 24 hours daily.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.

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