Police believe they have cracked a major scam that allegedly saw people robbed when they thought they were meeting up to buy a mobile phone.
A six-month-long investigation has led to the arrest of eight people – a mix of adults and juveniles – over the alleged attacks that took place in Brisbane.
Victims say they had arranged to meet with the alleged offenders, after seeing an ad online for iPhones for sale.
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However, when they met up with the ‘sellers’ the victims allegedly had their property stolen.
A number of search warrants uncovered a large amount of alleged stolen property worth over $5000.
The eight people have been slapped with a total of 42 charges including fraud, burglary, stealing as well as a number of drug and property offences.