A man trying to sell a hoodie through the Letgo app was robbed of his clothing at knifepoint in Selkirk on January 27.
RCMP say the robbery happened at around 3 p.m. on Sveinson Street.
Both parties had arranged to meet, where the victim was trying to sell his “Bathing APE” hoodie for $1,000.
The suspect was about to inspect the sweater when he pulled out a machete and told the victim to leave. The seller attempted to retrieve the clothing, but was struck with the machete. He wasn’t injured.
Police followed up on a lead that a black BMW was used as a getaway vehicle. That led officers to a home in the RM of St. Andrews, where a 17-year-old boy was found. He was arrested for armed robbery and the sweater was recovered.
“It’s extremely important that safety be your number one priority when selling items online,” said Sgt. Paul Manaigre of the Manitoba RCMP. “We encourage you to meet in a public space, bring a friend, and if the situation seems unsafe to leave immediately. In this instance, the victim was very lucky that he was not injured.”