Police: Man sold bad car in New London, robbed buyers who tried to return it
New London — Police are seeking a man who they said sold a bad car via social media Monday evening, then robbed the buyers when they came back to return it.
Police said the two victims came from Willimantic to Orchard Street to purchase the car from the man, whom they described as a 5-foot-7, 160-pound Hispanic male with a short haircut and a goatee.
Police said the victims quickly began having issues with the vehicle and wanted their money back. After an "extended back and forth" with the seller, the seller agreed to allow them to return it.
When the pair returned to the city just before 8 p.m. — this time to "the area of" 17 Center St. — they said the seller brandished a firearm and stole cash and other items from them.
The victims said two other men were present but didn't implicate them in the crime.
The investigation is active.
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The person appears to be an Asian male, approximately 30 to 40 years old, according to Sgt. Patricia Lieteau.