NYC Apple iPhone thief turns himself in after taunting selfie makes front page news

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.

source: NYPost

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1. wilsong17 unregistered

Is me or only iPhone user are so dramatic

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

It's the latter part. Although a kill switch will be helpful.

31. steedsofwar unregistered

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.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's probably you dude

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That was funny Lmao

12. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Its kind of sad really. You steal an iPhone and some reason you think your a criminal genius...

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The reason that they get stolen quite often is that the user of the iphone misplaces it often - because of its size...

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What a dumb stupid fandroid post. Someone please give him the green thumb he's obviously after.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Someone pleae give him the "RED" thumb he's obviously after. Lmao

32. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

hahahahaha. true, I never lose my Galaxy Mega for that same reason


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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??!

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Who steals a phone and posts a selfie with it right after?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


5. willard12 unregistered

A 16 year old and a 14 year old were at a Manhattan night club?

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

That is a separate matter from the phone being stolen. If NYPD want to enquire about the nightclub visit, that is up to them.

11. Alan01

Posts: 623; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Under 18 club Alan F.

35. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Night club under 18?

18. Alexa

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

What were they doing in a NIGHT CLUB at that age?

34. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

This is the main story.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

So manufacturers and cariers are criminal minded... hmm, big corporates are usually criminal minded.. they care about their money instead of a betterment of the society

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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".

13. Troysyx

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.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

How dare you use logic here!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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.

22. appleblowsandy

Posts: 3; Member since: May 25, 2014

HOLY S*** YOU LIVE IN VEGAS?!?!? That is AMAZING! Weird, since you have never mentioned that before. Next you'll tell us you have a 5S, a Note 3 and a wife. All things you never mention. /sarcasm

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Scroll up, and see post #23, and for the record the Strip isn't actually in Las Vegas. It's in paradise township.

27. appleblowsandy

Posts: 3; Member since: May 25, 2014

Fascinating! I will keep that in mind if I ever want to move somewhere horrible. Thanks!

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trust me dude, I couldn't care less about you calling Vegas horrible lol. You're welcome.

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

With any device, a smart criminal can get around the passcode - it really is only secure for the common person....

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