UPDATE: Chattanooga police have arrested two men in connection to three robberies last week where the victims were trying to sell or buy items online.

Police say 19-year-old Jadarius Menifee and 19-year-old Demonta Pickett were arrested for the incidents.

Police say the robberies involved people who were buying or selling items through an online classified, app, or website.

Menifee is charged with aggravated robbery and theft over $2500.

Pickett is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.

Both men are scheduled to appear in court on November 20.

The Chattanooga Police Department released the following reminder:

“As a crime prevention measure, CPD reminds community members that the department has designated space in front of the Police Service Center at 3410 Amnicola Highway as a Safe Exchange Zone. The purpose of the CPD Safe Exchange Zone is to protect Chattanooga community members while swapping, trading, buying/selling items or during child custody exchanges. The designated location has several video cameras, which record 24/7 to ensure a safe transaction. Anyone wanting to make a transaction does not need to check in at CPD, but should park in the designated Safe Exchange Zone area to complete their business.”

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PREVIOUS: The Chattanooga Police Department is seeing an increase in robberies involving people who are buying/selling items via online classified apps and websites.

Three such robberies were committed in the past week. The victims were robbed at gunpoint of items they were trying to sell along with other personal items.

As a crime prevention measure, CPD reminds community members that the department has designated space in front of the Police Service Center at

 

as a Safe Exchange Zone.

The purpose of the CPD Safe Exchange Zone is to protect Chattanooga community members while swapping, trading, buying/selling items or during child custody exchanges.

The designated location has several video cameras which record 24/7 to ensure a safe transaction.

Anyone wanting to make a transaction does not need to check in at CPD, but should park in the designated Safe Exchange Zone area to complete their business. 

Even though there's a designated area with cameras at the CPD, we still recommend meeting to make exchanges during daylight hours, telling a friend or family member where you're going, and remember if a deal seems too good to be true, it's probably a scam.