Fresno Police Warn Increased Robberies Stemming From Social Media Apps

FRESNO , CA (KMJ) – Fresno Police are reporting an increase in robberies tied to social media interactions.

It’s not the first time that people have been warned to take precautions when buying or selling over social media – but it’s happening again in the city.

During Wednesday’s Crime View report at Fresno Police Headquarters, Police Chief Jerry Dyer said six robberies have taken place in the last 28 days.

“The property that is generally being exchanged is jewelry, cell phones, and unfortunately drugs. We’re also seeing dating that ultimately results in a robbery occurring at those sites. We’ve had one of those incidents that occurred in Southwest at an Auto Zone parking lot through what’s called the “Let-go” app. A couple of others, robberies that have occurred though a social media site called Grinder,” said Chief Dyer.

Chief Dyer urges people to use Fresno PD’s Safe Exchange Zones located in each of the five policing districts.

He says its best way to conduct legal transactions, even child custody exchanges at a well-lit location with surveillance cameras on site.

Exchange Centers are located at:

▪ Northwest Fresno: 3781 North Hughes Ave.
▪ Northeast Fresno: 1450 East Teague Ave
▪ Southwest Fresno: 1211 Fresno St.
▪ Southeast Fresno: 1617 South Cedar Ave.
▪ Central Fresno: Manchester Center at Blackstone and Shields on the East side.

Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: