Cell phone scam leads to robbery charge

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Two people are in jail after allegedly running a cellphone scam, according to Panama City police.

On July 31, officers were called to a business on West 15th Street where they say they found the victim with minor injuries.

After investigation, police say the victim found an iPhone 13 for sale on Facebook Marketplace for $500. He had planned to meet the saleswoman, Avonlea Ledutuwa Ansel, 19, in the store’s parking lot to pick up the phone.

The victim said he went to the scene and gave the money to Avonlea, who gave the phone to his sister, Autumn Ansel, 20, to unlock it, and passed the phone to the victim for her to examine.

When the victim was sure the phone was working, he said he returned it to Avonlea to put it in the box, but the sisters began to drive out of the parking lot with the phone and the money.

The victim states that he tried to reach the sisters’ moving car to collect his money, but the car started speeding and the sisters sprayed him with pepper spray.

Avonlea and Autumn Ansel were charged with robbery and incarcerated in Bay County Jail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3100 or report information anonymously via smartphone by downloading the Tip 411 app.

Two sisters are charged with robbery after being involved in a phone scam.(Panama City Police Department)
Two sisters have been charged with robbery after they were allegedly involved in a phone conversation...
Two sisters have been charged with robbery after they were allegedly involved in a phone scam.(Panama City Police Department)

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