GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) –
A recent string of robberies may be connected and part of an online dating scam, according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Law enforcement officials received a call about a robbery at the University Commons apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.
The victim told detectives he was lured by suspects through an online dating service.
According to officers, the victim says he responded to an ad online and when he arrived at the complex he was confronted by two men with a knife.
Jorge Campos with the Gainesville Police Department felt that the robbery sounded familiar.
“This was the fifth incident that has occurred since January,” Campos told TV20. “[They all have] the same M.O., same location, that we have received.”
Investigators believe that there are other victims who haven’t reported the same thing happening to them, and officers want those people to come forward.
If you have any information on the robberies, you are urged to call the Gainesville Police Department’s Detective Division at 352-393-7670.