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One Apple iPhone 4S gets stolen twice in the same day

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One Apple iPhone 4S gets stolen twice in the same day
Strong arm theft of the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad has become so popular, especially in New York, that a new name has been coined for the act, "Apple picking". And if it weren't for "Apple picking," crime in the Big Apple would have been down for 2012. In fact, last year in New York there were 16,000 reported incidents of "Apple picking," which accounted for 16% of all crimes committed.  Recently in Brooklyn, the theft of an Apple iPhone 4S led to the kind of story that cops talk about for years with other cops and family.

A New Yorker checks her Apple iPhone on a subway platform

A New Yorker checks her Apple iPhone on a subway platform

Back on November 23rd, around 4pm, a 16 year old girl is walking through Prospect Park clutching her Apple iPhone 4S. Already warned by her parents not to get too distracted by the phone and to always keep aware of her surroundings, she had her ear buds on as hip hop was blasting loudly into her ears. Suddenly, a group of three boys were in her face demanding her iPhone. A tug of war ensued and one of the boys grabbed the phone. The victim was left empty handed with the memory of the thug's pink sneakers filling her head. She managed to flag down a cop who took her cruising the park for the thief, but it was to no avail.

Meanwhile, let's turn our attention to the thief, the boy who won the tug of war and stole the Apple iPhone 4S. His intent was to convert it to cash quickly, so he heads to Flatbush and Bedford Avenue where he encounters a possible buyer. But before the buyer lays out his hard earned cash for the device, he needs to take a closer look to make sure the phone is, in fact, working. So the potential buyer gets his hands on the phone and takes off. For the second time in one afternoon, this particular handset is stolen. But the story gets better.

The original thief, now out his stolen property, flags down one of New York's finest and acting like a victim, convinces the cop that he just had his Apple iPhone 4S lifted. Luckily, the second thief was either slow, stupid, or both and was quickly apprehended. Everyone got a ride to the 70th precinct, or as they say on New York based cop shows on television, the seven-oh.

The Apple iPhone 4S

The Apple iPhone 4S

Now let's return to the poor victim of the original crime. She has been driving around, looking for Mr. Pink Sneakers for about an hour with the cops when one of them suggests that she calls her phone. She gives one of the cops the number and the call is made, which leads to a ringing handset sitting on an officer's desk in the 70th precinct. Well, you can imagine the conversation between the two cops on each end of the call as they figured out what must have occured. The cop from the 70th precinct had an idea and stalled until the victim arrived to ID the pink sneakers on the original thief. Both criminals were arrested. Because of his age, Mr. Pink Sneakers could not be identified in the media. The guy who ripped him off was Jean Louis Colsun.

The 16 year old girl received her Apple iPhone 4S back and as of last Thursday, there have been no further incidents since the robbery. We're not sure Apple would use it, but how about this for a tag line on the next television spot. "The Apple iPhone, the smartphone in so much demand that the same one was stolen twice in one day." As New York Post columnist Cindy Adams would say, "Only in New York".
 
source: NewYorkTimes

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posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:01 11

1. chistoefur (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Lul who wants an iPhone 4s anymore? I mean, I don't want to sound like too much of a hater, but I'd much rather steal an s3.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:10 4

2. techguy22 (Posts: 226; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


well people dont know. anything with an apple logo on them is worth stealing...i guess. if i was stealing phone for a living, i wouldnt even steal an IP5. smh, stealing a 2 years old phone oh US

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:26 5

6. corrifa (Posts: 34; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Not quite sure how the iPhone 4s is 2 years old...

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:27 2

7. Ninetysix (Posts: 1331; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Why would you steal an android device if they are handing them out for free here from any US carrier?

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:51 2

11. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Off contract featured phones are worth $400-$500

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:29

21. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


You can't afford an Android phone, cause there's new phones coming every 6 to 9 months, unlike iPhone once every 18 months, so look whose poor...

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 07:22 1

25. Fruitpoop (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Apple releases a new flagship phone every 6 months.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 08:57 2

29. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You are really stupid..

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:10 4

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


Have you heard of water-diamond factor?

water is so important to our life, we will die without them, and why nobody steal it? Simply because it's mainstream...

whereas the diamond, it is gimmick, and as useless as a brick... Why the thief still steal the diamond? Go figure

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 02:50 4

18. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I bet a diamond would buy you a year supply of water, but water wouldnt buy you a diamond. Its all supply and demand. The supply of water is more than the supply of diamonds. Same goes for anything. Yea it might not be the best handset out there but its still a great handset. And a thief is gonna try to make a buck anyway they can.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:15 5

20. PAPINYC (Posts: 2171; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I hate to burst your bubble but S3 owners aren't as feeble-minded as the 16,000+ iVictims bopping around NYC asking to be iPhone raped by rosy-pink sneaker-wearing thugs.

1. If you're stupid enough to steal something and, then
2. Limit your ambition to steal to an outdated smartphone, while
3. Wearing PINK thug sneakers, then
4. Your life is as pathetic as the outdated phone you so unambitiously strive to steal and your pink-sneaker-wearing thug-@$$ belongs in jail. But, gives thanks to our legal system because you'll be on the streets again in two weeks (making thug babies)!

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:32 1

22. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


ROTFLMFAO......!
PAPINYC man where the hell do you come out with these dialogue, you really take the piss and bash Apple, +1 from me!

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 09:30 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 10070; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What an intelligent statement that was. And u r trying to sound like a hater.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 09:33 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 10070; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Look on gazelle, Craigslist, eBay, etc. you'll see that iPhones consistently command the most money model for model. iPhones hold their resale value better than any other phones out there... It's just a fact, not bashing anyone. Stealing and reselling an iPhone on the black market will command much more money than an s3.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:27

39. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


1) Just cause you own a particular phone does not make you smarter.

2) Iphone has a much higher resale value than any android device.

And before someone starts trolling and calling me an isheep I currently own and use an S3, motorola maxx hd and nexus 7. I may not agree with darkjedi on a lot of things but stop hating cause someone is right.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:12 1

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 879; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


haha that's the biggest fail he should've sold it online or something

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:13 4

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


no Mr thief!! Don't!! I'm innocent!!! Nooooo!!!!

Back to the serious parts, when you think the thief is bad, that doesnt mean the girl is totally right... You got stole once, should be more cautious tho... Not being careless twice :)

either way, they won't steal mine tho, considered my iPhone4/4s are shattered, one I dropped it on purpose, and the other one I bought it shattered-made, come catch me if you can :p

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:26 1

5. BattleBrat (Posts: 1037; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Damn Wendy, You're an animal!

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:44 3

9. wendygarett (unregistered)


Baah? Meeh? :)

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 05:33

23. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Ba ba ba...

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:47

33. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


You...you didn't read the article did you? Can you even read? As the days go by I am becoming more and more convinced you can't.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:33 6

8. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


People take iphones cause they are easy and for simpleton's the average clueless joe's people who have no concept of technology.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 08:14 1

28. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


They only care bout the brand not the phone plus u can't do lots with the phone. Itheif.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 16:00

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 10070; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


People take iPhones cuz they r valuable as heck and go for top dollar on the street. I think u r clueless as to what's valuable and what's not.

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 23:49 1

10. jameshoe (unregistered)


they should setup some security system on every smartphones before they sale it out

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:36 2

13. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


People steal iPhones because of their high resale value .
Besides why you people hates iPhones like they killed or raped your mom anyway .
But if I'm a thief , I would steal iPhones and use the money I got to buy a HTC 8X , I ain't running around with a stolen handset

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 00:43 4

14. rav405 (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Dec 2010)


I would rather i steal a nokia L920 instead of an iphone......

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 01:55 6

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Lumia 920 is a hammer, the user will knock you down until the blood coming out if you intend to steal tho :)

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 18:49

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 10070; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U and 4 kids like your statement.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 02:10 2

16. toiletcleaner (Posts: 183; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


he want the cash because he wants to buy a note 2, :) , and the other guy was trying to get the new cromebook

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 02:29 2

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thief exists because they're poor, I don't think they will buy any of the devices... Whereas the other guy? IPhone 5 here we come!!! :)

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 02:58

19. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


If I was a thief that resorted to stealing in the park the last thing Id do is spend my money on a phone. Maybe a thief kit so I could steal something more valuable... Like twinkies. Headlines "THIEF HIEST OF THE CENTURY THE WORKD SUPPLY OF TWINKIES ARE GONE" suspect is ********* ***** who is selling 10,000 twinkies for a billion dollars.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 06:02 1

24. tedkord (Posts: 4254; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It takes a special kind of scumbag to steal from a kid. Hope both go to jail and get lots of loving.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 08:12

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6116; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Itheif are idiots. Just glad i dont own a iphone they are targets for itheif

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 08:14

27. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Living in NY I know those sneakers had to be pink foamposites which go for about $220. If you can buy foams I dont see why you have to rob someone for an iPhone. Most people here who even have foams also have iPhones. And no offense but that girl should no better than to walk around prospect with that phone in her hands. Its a messed up situation but you should know the area you're in at all times.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:07

37. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Just think of it like a pet. If you cant take care of your pet its gonna either die, runaway, or get stolen. Well same goes for a phone if you cant even take care of it the Im guessing its better off stolen and you learning your lesson. Humans arent so smart as to learn from others they learn from mistakes.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:40

32. billybuttpounder (banned) (Posts: 105; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


"And if it weren't for "Apple picking," crime in the Big Apple would have been down for 2012."

Heard it here first folks. apple's novelties directly contribute to higher crime rates. Garbage company is garbage,

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 01:05

36. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


So according to your logic dollar bills are contributing to all the worlds problems because all crimes are rooted from greed and people wanting to make a buck. Good job billbuttpounded. I understand the world now.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:01

38. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


He wuz an iThug, homie.

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