Four Perth teenagers who allegedly created fake profiles on hookup app Grindr to lure and rob men will face court next month.
Four students have been charged over the alleged scheme to lure older men to parks and mug them. In one of the incidents, one of the victims was allegedly assaulted by the teens.
Up to 10 students, who all attend the same school in Perth’s western suburbs, were involved in the alleged scheme, 9 News reported.
A WA Police spokesperson confirmed the four teens had been charged in relation to three alleged robberies in the coastal suburb of Scarborough in Perth’s northeast late on Friday, July 20 and on Saturday, July 21.
“It is alleged the youths arranged to meet the male victims online,” the spokesperson said.
“When the victim arrived at an agreed location, the youths robbed the person, taking personal items and on one occasion, a victim was also assaulted.”
A 15-year-old girl from the suburb of Karrinyup and a 16-year-old boy from suburb Doubleview have both been charged with aggravated robbery.
A 17-year-old boy from Doubleview and a 16-year-old boy from Woodlands have both been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with intent to rob.
The four youths are due to appear before Perth Children’s Court on August 21.
Detectives are still investigating and are urging anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperswa.com.au.