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Police: Facebook car deal ends with robbery in New London

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New London police are sending out a warning as they investigate a online car deal that turned into a crime.

Police tell News 8 two Willimantic men came to New London and bought an older Honda from a man on Orchard Street. 

When the car didn’t work, they then met the man over on Central Street where they were robbed. 

The chief said this may have been a set up all along. 

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“They were unable to start the car and they called the person back and they waited for about an hour and the person told them to go to another location, so they went to the other and they were robbed of the sale title for the car, the bill of sale, and their money and personal effects,” Chief Peter Reichard said.

Police said people buying things through social media should meet in public places or the police department lobby.

The chief explained there was also a scam going around last fall where teenagers posted cell phones for sale on social media and tried to rob the people buying them.

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