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Armed thieves using social media to steal gaming consoles, police say

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

Police are warning about two armed robbers they said have been posing as game console buyers and using social media to steal from sellers in northwest Fresno.

Fresno police also are offering a tip for how to safely conduct a social media transaction.

According to Fresno police, there have been at least four console robberies near Marks and Alamos avenues.

In each case, the victim tried to sell a gaming console through social media. The thieves instructed the sellers to meet them at Marks and Alamos and then took the consoles at gunpoint, according to police.

The suspects are described as 15 to 20 years old. One is about 5 feet 7 inches to 5-9 tall with a medium build. The other is about 5-10 to 6 feet tall with a larger build.

Fresno police said citizens who use social media to market items should be cautious and to use an exchange zone located at one of the five police sub-stations. Each location is marked, well-lit and has video surveillance.

The Fresno Police Department is asking for help with identifying the suspects involved. If anyone has information regarding the robbery series, you can remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or contact Detective Amada Galaviz at 559-621-2038.

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