The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
Authorities are warning members of Atlanta’s LGBT community to remain cautious following a string of robberies that began as conversations on the popular gay dating app Grindr. Investigators said several men have been robbed in recent months and believe there may be additional victims who have not come forward.
“From February to May, we have had eight instances where male victims were lured to remote locations by use of the Grindr app,” said Sgt. Rodney Jones, who works in APD’s robbery unit. “After the date concludes, the suspect will rob the victim, often taking their wallets, keys or even vehicles.”
Read the full article. The Atlanta police’s LGBT community liaison recommends meeting first in a public location after a Facetime video call. Crime Stoppers Atlanta is offering a reward of $2000 for anonymous tips that lead to an arrest.
APD’s Robbery Unit warns the LGBTQ community about robberies targeting them through the dating app Grindr. These robberies have shown similarities & APD needs the public’s assistance in helping to solve these crimes. https://t.co/SOQidSJcVk @COALGBTQ
— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) May 5, 2021