Scottsdale Police: 'Offer Up' transaction turns into armed robbery

Posted at 1:12 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 20:46:39-04

A transaction on the app 'Offer Up' turns into an armed robbery in Scottsdale.

Police report that on March 15 the victim posted his 'PlayStation' game set and games for sale on the application 'Offer Up.' The next day he received a message from a man, later identified as 19-year-old Jacob Raymond Cooley, who intended to buy the equipment.

They agreed to meet at a location, near Thomas and Scottsdale roads. When the victim arrived, he saw Cooley walk up. Cooley asked for a ride back to his home, so he wouldn't have to carry the equipment that far. The victim agreed, and when Cooley was in the back seat, he allegedly pulled out a shotgun and demanded Cooley take him to 68th Street and Thomas roads.

Before exiting the car, Cooley said he was sorry for stealing the gaming system but "he had a family to take care of." 

Police obtained information from 'Offer Up' which helped them identify Cooley as the suspect. The victim was shown a photo of Cooley and confirmed him as the suspect.

Cooley was located and arrested by police on April 10. He reportedly told police that he "was under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the robbery."

He has been charged with kidnapping and armed robbery.