Sheriff Craig Webre announced two men are wanted for robbing a Mississippi man who was answering an online ad for a dirt bike. Joecorion Price (age 18) and Raymond Gerald Robertson (age 21) face Armed Robbery charges in the incident.
Deputies learned a man from Gulfport had traveled to a residence in the 100 block of Morristown Road in Raceland on Sunday evening, November 22, to purchase a “dirt bike” (off-road motorcycle) he had seen in an online advertisement. He traveled to Raceland after agreeing to terms via a Facebook conversation. When the man arrived, he was directed toward the rear of the residence where he was confronted by two men armed with handguns. The men stole his wallet and fled the scene on foot.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Price or Robertson on this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.
Sheriff Webre cautions residents to be wary when answering classified ads whether in print or online. “Criminals use websites such as Craigslist or Facebook to lure victims with great deals,” said Sheriff Webre. “Use common sense, and trust your instincts. Just like with any scam, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Sheriff Webre advises citizens to always conduct such transactions during the day in a public place. Meetings should never take place during the evening hours or in a secluded area. If the seller cannot be present during a weekday, wait until the weekend. Citizens are also encouraged to attend any transaction with a friend or relative, or at least let someone know where you are going and have them check in with you via cell phone.