Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PEORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 9, 2019
For More Information: Contact Officer Amy Dotson – Public Information Officer –309-620-2047
Police Department Lobby for On-Line Transactions
(Peoria, IL) - With warmer weather upon us, officers have responded to numerous incidents involving an armed robbery or theft to a victim as a result of an on-line transaction. The incident involves the sale of an item and a prearranged meeting location. Upon arrival to the prearranged location, the victim is robbed of the item at gunpoint or the item is taken by force or the suspect simply snatches the item and flees the area.
As a reminder, the Peoria Police Department welcomes the use of the visitor
parking lot (Walnut St on the side of the Police Department) as well as the lobby for the
use of the public in providing neutral grounds and safer transaction locations.
Transaction locations meaning, for the exchange of goods and money for sales made on
Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, letgo, etc.
Citizens are reminded all transactions remain civil and neither Commissioned Personnel
nor Non-Commissioned Personnel shall intervene on either party’s behalf. The purpose of
using the Peoria Police Department as a transaction location is to provide a safe environment for
the exchange of goods.
The Peoria Police Department is located at 600 SW Adams. The lobby can be used for
this purpose during the hours of 9am – 5pm.

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