TEMPLE, Ga. -- Authorities in west Georgia are urging to the community to use extreme caution when responding to online ads after a transaction that wasn't what it seemed.
Police in Temple, Georgia said that around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, two residents were attempting to buy a motorcycle they found on the website "LetGo." But when they arrived, two black men attempted to rob them.
Police said a fight ensued and the victims managed to wrestle a gun away from one of the suspects. Those suspects then ran from the scene in a burnt orange Ford Focus with an Alabama license plate.
The department now has a detective working on leads to find the two suspects but police department also has a warning for the public.
"The area is considered safe at this time, but we would like to stress that when purchasing merchandise on line, please feel free to use the police department parking lot for transactions," a social media post read.
The offer has been extended by departments around the country after a series of robberies - and even murders - of people responding to ads on services such as CraigsList.
"We would much rather you use our lot than someone get injured," the department's statement said.
Temple is a city in Carroll and Haralson counties roughly 40 miles west of Atlanta.