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2 charged by Raeford police with selling ‘new’ iPhones that are boxes of rocks

Updated Jul 3, 2018 at 10:34 PM

RAEFORD — Two men are accused of offering new iPhones for sale and then giving the unsuspecting customer a box of rocks, the Raeford Police Department said.

Caleyal Roberson, 18, of Austin Street in Maxton, and Angelo Bethea, 19, of Laurinburg, were charged Monday with two counts each of obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, a police release said.

The alleged offenses happened Monday and on June 27.

Roberson and Bethea had posted an ad to “OfferUp,” an online marketplace for local transactions, offering new Apple iPhones for $400
, Maj. Kelvin Crumpler said.

The boxes were wrapped in plastic, making it appear that they were new. They would meet victims in different places and collect money from the buyer, who would discover the box was filled with rocks, Crumpler said.

One victim, who met the men at McDonald’s on the U.S. 401 Bypass, quickly created a fake profile and responded to the men that she would like buy another phone.

“They thought it was a different lady,” Crumpler said.

She arranged to meet Roberson and Bethea at the Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries at 111 U.S. 401 Bypass. Officers, who were on the scene, arrested the men, Crumpler said.
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