NYPD Blue: Apple iPhone and Apple iPad thefts on the rise in the Big Apple

NYPD Blue: Apple iPhone and Apple iPad thefts on the rise in the Big Apple
Frighteningly reminiscent of the string of murders committed just for a pair of Air Jordan sneakers, a crime wave in New York City has revolved around the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Thefts involving those two devices are up 44% in the Big Apple so far this year. As of April 15th, there were 1,196 such thefts reported to the NYPD vs. 831 as of the same time last year. One police source compared walking around with the iPhone or iPad in the subway with a public display of a wad of cash. "It’s the equivalent of holding hundreds of dollars in your hand," the source said.

NY Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley and State Senator Chuck Schumer last week announced a plan to create a global database of each phone's unique International Mobile Equipment Identities (IMEI) number. This plan, which has the backing of major carriers, could help deter the theft of smartphones.

The most recent high-profile case in New York was the robbery of an Apple iPhone belonging to 26 year old chef Hwang Yang who was murdered. While his iPhone was taken by the robber, Yang's wallet was not touched. NYPD is responding by using undercover decoys carrying the devices. With this method, 24 year old Mustapha Matthews was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. Matthews allegedly was caught removing an Apple iPhone from the backpack of an undercover decoy officer on an uptown 4 train on Tuesday. Back in December, 47-year-old Raymond Rodriguez was busted after allegedly removing an iPhone from a decoy officer's bag.

source: NYDailyNews

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1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Oh man, oh man!!!

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

So sad for that chef, my sincere sympathy to his family... :(

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I felt so bad for that chef too.

8. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

I enjoy how you are getting thumbs down for expressing symapthy for a man who died because people are too stupid and crooked to get a freaking job and have to murder people for a phone. I thumbs up you all the way.

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

appleception first its in the big apple its stealing a stealing product made by apple yo dawg I herd you like apples

6. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

And that is why you should buy an Android.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012


15. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

No way! just heard a story from a friend of how she went to visit New York about 2 weeks ago and her iphone was stolen from the restaurant she was at. Thats gotta be a day-ruiner...

17. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

It's crazy because they even make announcements on the subway to say keep them out of sight, and also have signs up, but every day I see people with them out like it is no big deal.

20. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

people like to show off their riches even if their not rich. Its all about status. of course they have the right to use their phones but those iIdiots just marking themselves for death.

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