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

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.

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.

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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iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

2. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 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

6. corrifa

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

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

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

11. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Off contract featured phones are worth $400-$500

21. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 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...

25. Fruitpoop

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Apple releases a new flagship phone every 6 months.

29. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

You are really stupid..

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

18. idroidequis

Posts: 103; Member since: Jan 23, 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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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)!

22. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 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!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

39. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

3. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

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

5. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Damn Wendy, You're an animal!

9. wendygarett unregistered

Baah? Meeh? :)

23. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Ba ba ba...

33. billybuttpounder

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 28, 2012 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.

8. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

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

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

10. jameshoe unregistered

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

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

14. rav405 unregistered

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

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 :)

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U and 4 kids like your statement.

16. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

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