PARKVILLE, Mo. -- It was gone in an instant.
The victim of a Monday morning robbery says the man she'd met online seemed trustworthy, but instead, he took her cell phone and ran.
Police welcome online buyers and sellers to do business at safe places, like police and fire stations. One person from Parkville told FOX 4 News she wishes she'd have known that.
“Well, that sucked today,” Alex Kreek said.
An evening of regret comes after a morning of hopefulness. Kreek had agreed to meet with a buyer she’d met on the website Let Go, a website similar to Craigslist or eBay where people sell used items.
“He was a trusted member on Let Go. I didn't have any reason not to believe that,” Kreek said. “he was very polite and very nice as I'm sure all con artists are.”
Kreek, who resides in Parkville, says she was selling a Silver iPhone 6 in hopes of using the money she'd make to buy Christmas gifts for her family. She and the buyer had agreed to meet outside the Family Dollar store at 82nd and Troost Ave., and just when it appeared he was reaching for his wallet, he snatched her phone and ran without paying.
“He made it to look like he was going to his pocket and instead, he turned around and took off,” Kreek said.
“The first thought that went through my head was, 'I'm a schmuck.' I went along with this. It definitely should have been more legitimized.”
“There for a second, I was like, did that just happen?” Natasha Buroqua, Kreek’s sister-in-law, said, having witnessed the entire transaction.
She and Alex say they felt safe because the store had surveillance cameras.
“I was like, we shouldn't have done it here. We probably should have gone to like somewhere where there was at least somebody there. Someone with authority,” Buroqua said.
The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and Kreek says she’s aware online predators will prey on would-be shoppers.
“I doubt I'll ever get it back. I hope I can help somebody else from this kind of thing happening, and get the word out,” Kreek said.
The manager of that store told FOX 4 News the robbery happened out of range for his cameras to see. If you know anything about this crime, please call the Kansas City Police.