CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A Ladson man is facing four counts of armed robbery. Deputies say victims would meet Jumahn Tolbert after responding to his for sale ads on the “Letgo” app. Once he met with his victims, he’d pull out a gun and rob them.
One woman who did not want to be identified said she is no stranger to the “LetGo” app. “I have always used it. You know, I bought an iPhone 6 and two iPhone 5s from there.”
But earlier this month, she arranged to meet Jumahn Tolbert to buy an iPhone, and in hindsight, there were clues this sale wouldn’t be like the others. “He had like the really cheapest price for an iPhone 5. It was like $80. And most of the people on there were asking $150 to $200 for an iPhone 5… I asked him, ‘Do you want to meet at the gas station or where did he want to meet? And he was like, “No, I want to meet where I want to meet.”
They met in Woodside Manor, at the corner of Outwood Street and Garwood Drive.
“He took off the case and everything and asked us for the sticker on the back of it. But whenever he got the phone back and the sticker that’s when he pulled out the gun on us.”
The woman says Tolbert told them he was taking the phone and the money and demanded they just drive off, which they did.
Tolbert is accused of doing the same thing to several other victims in the same neighborhood.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has a number of things you can do to protect yourself when buying online or through an app. Number one, be very cautious, even before meeting a buyer/seller. Number 2, meet in a well lit public location like a store or a gas station. And even once you’re there with the buyer or seller, be very aware of what’s going on around you.
Tolbert received a total bond for the four robberies of $400,000.