The sting operation followed undercover work aimed at thieves who steal electronics in the New York subway. When busting those skels, the boys in blue asked them where they are selling the Apple iPhone and iPad devices that they were lifting off innocent New Yorkers and tourists. Those locations are where the sting operation was conducted. A police source in Fort Greene’s 88th Precinct says that bodegas are buying stolen Apple iPhone units for $175 a unit and turn around and sell them for $300. Another police source said that walking around with a smartphone in certain areas of the city is like walking around with a $500 bill out. He said that kids are stealing them and then quickly selling them to merchants.
NYPD cops arrested 141 people in a sting operation that sold allegedly stolen Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPad 2 units for $50 to $200