NYC Apple iPhone thief turns himself in after taunting selfie makes front page news
posted by Alan F. / May 25, 2014, 12:25 PM
16-year old Khayyam Alexander turned himself into the police on Saturday, after he stole an Apple iPhone from a 14-year old, and sent X-rated selfies of himself to the victim's mother. James Pugliatti had his Apple iPhone 5 swiped by the thief at a Manhattan night club on April 17th. Alexander and his friends took selfies of themselves riding on the subway, and also used Snapchat to send taunting messages to Pugliatti's pals.
But it was a XXX-rated sext message sent to Pugliatti's mother that ignited her fury, sending her to the cops on April 27th. Meanwhile, the widely-read New York Post featured the subway selfie on its front page on Saturday, prompting Alexander to turn himself in. For the record, he is the light haired kid on the left.
While Pugliatti had not enabled the "Find My iPhone" app, which could have helped cops track down his handset, law enforcement officials have been trying to get phone manufacturers and carriers to put a kill switch on handsets so that they can be remotely shut down if lost or stolen. These officials blame manufacturers, who make money on replacement sales. And carriers are said to profit from selling premium handset insurance to those scared of having their phone stolen.
By the way, in case you're curious, Alexander was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. His partner has yet to be found.
Is me or only iPhone user are so dramatic
posted on May 25, 2014, 12:32 PM 12
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It's the latter part. Although a kill switch will be helpful.
posted on May 25, 2014, 12:39 PM 3
I think the main thing here is the fact that the thief had access to the owner's personal info, thereby posting dirty images to the owner's mum. That is obviously crossing the line after the many lines already crossed. If, god forbid, my phone was stolen, I would need to make sure I either had a password on it and or set up remote wipe and lock feature. I am definitely against the idea of giving the carriers or the government the power to remote kill my device. The next thing you know, they will be justifying freezing your phone and cloning the data under some national security anti terror excuse. If they can't do that already.
posted on May 25, 2014, 11:50 PM 0
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Its kind of sad really. You steal an iPhone and some reason you think your a criminal genius...
posted on May 25, 2014, 1:16 PM 5
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It's NOT you dude, not only 'so dramatic' but what iDiots to do this. It's really the guy's parents' fault for naming him Khalilamunga or w'ever'tf his name is. Besides, all the parents of these tragic teenagers should be arrested for their kids being in a night club anyway, I'm guessing it wasn't Chuck-iCheese??!
posted on May 26, 2014, 8:16 AM 0
A 16 year old and a 14 year old were at a Manhattan night club?
posted on May 25, 2014, 12:46 PM 16
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As the article stated, the manufacturers stand to lose replacement sales and carriers will lose insurance sales if a kill switch is enabled. With that much opposition, don't expect kill switches anytime soon.
posted on May 25, 2014, 12:47 PM 1
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Not only that, but how would dumb and dumber take selfies to send to the victim if the phone were killed? Kill switches are not necessary to curb crime. A stolen phone can be tracked by the carrier to the assailant's house at any evening when he's sleeping. Governments, after we the people organized our protests against them in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Ukraine, England, New York, Oakland, Albuquerque, etc, are eager to deny us the people this means of communication when we the people say "enough".
posted on May 25, 2014, 12:53 PM 2
Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012
How about people start being smarter about their expensive technology? Put a password on it, dont let it out of your site, keep it in your pocket when not using it and it can't be right in front of you. These are not hard things to do.
posted on May 25, 2014, 1:43 PM 6
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Thats what I do man, it's kept password locked and secured on my person. I also don't loan it to people to make a quick call. I watched a guy loan his phone to a guy saying those exact words on the Strip, and as soon as he handed it to him, the guy took off running with it. This was years ago, so imagine the interest they have in these new super devices. Keep it secured folks, regardless of what you like, these devices are too expensive and loaded with our personal info. Troysyx is rite.
posted on May 25, 2014, 2:33 PM 4
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