MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police are investigating three robberies connected to an online dating app. According to police reports, the victims were targeted on the Grindr App.
According to its website, Grindr is “the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people.”
"In this case they happened on one particular social networking site but it could happen on any social networking site anytime you put yourself in a position where you're meeting someone in an unknown location late at night or there's not a lot of people around, you're putting yourself at risk,” said Myrtle Beach Police Corporal Thomas Vest.
According to police reports, in one of the three incidents, the 50-year-old victim says he was asked to pick up the suspect on Bryant Street in Myrtle Beach.
The report says when the victim pulled up to the address given, two suspects pulled a handgun on him and demanded money.
The man reportedly said he didn’t have any money and ran to a nearby yard to call the police.
The report says the man’s phone, and wallet was taken from his car.
Myrtle Beach Police want this to serve as a reminder that whenever you meet someone on a dating site or any kind of app, it’s important to always meet in a public place.
“The important thing I want to get across to people is social networking it has excellent opportunities to meet people but you have to be careful,” said Vest. "Never meet people you don’t know in a place you don’t know. So what you do is meet in a public place where there are people around. Never meet someone in their home really late at night or somewhere where there’s not a lot of people.”
Myrtle Beach Police are following leads related to the case. Anyone with information is asked to call them at (843) 918-1382.