Woman's diamond ring ripped off finger and stolen in app exchange gone wrong

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ANNA, Texas (KXII) - An online buying and selling exchange gone wrong: a Denison woman used the app 5miles to find a teen who said he wanted to buy her $2500 diamond ring-- and they started trading messages.

"They agreed to meet up in the Walmart in Anna because she lives in Denison, he lives in Garland, so I guess this was a good meeting point," said Lt. Jeff Caponera of the Anna Police Department.

Caponera said when the woman arrived on Saturday afternoon, she told police the teen she was messaging, 17-year-old Tyrone Levingston, tried to rip the ring off her finger. Seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Davis was acting as a lookout, and 17-year-old Devonte Sykes was waiting in the get away car.

Police said she pulled out her gun, but didn't end up firing any shots.

"He forcibly takes the ring off her finger after making several attempts to take it off the first couple of times," Caponera said. "When he did get it off her hand he looks at her and says 'gotcha,' and takes off running."

It all brings up a bigger issue: staying safe when you're meeting up to buy and sell online.

"I just think it's the way of the future," said Chris Harbers about buying and selling online and on apps.

Harbers moved to Tom Bean last year.

She's sold everything from furniture to, most recently— roosters--online. Her website of choice is Craigslist.

"You just take your pictures, put them on there, put your wording to try and grab their attention," she said.

But police said meeting in a public place like Walmart can still pose a threat. They said instead you should meet at a police department, and always bring a friend.

Harbers said she always has a friend with her-- and she loves the convenience and ease of the online marketplace.

"Whoever got our roosters got a good deal," she said.

The 17-year-old's, who are all still in high school in Dallas/Fort Worth, were arrested by Plano police soon after the exchange.

They are in a Collin County jail sitting on a $2500 bond and felony charges. The woman did get her ring returned.

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