Robbers in New York need only your iPhones, don’t want BlackBerries

Robbers in New York need only your iPhones, don’t want BlackBerries
Here’s a hilarious pair of robbers in New York City - they don’t want just any phone, they want your iPhone. The two thieves robbed Columbia students in upper Manhattan asking for their iPhones.

Two reports about the robberies say that the first victim had an iPhone and agreed to give it to the robbers, but the second had a Droid and the picky robbers didn’t like that, so they took cash instead. The third victim, a girl, also didn’t have an iPhone, so she was thrown against a fence as the two searched her.

"It's insulting they don't want my BlackBerry," said a female student, but while this seems almost too absurd to be true, it’s still a scary story. It’s revealing how much of a commodity the iPhone has become even for thieves which realize its value and the fact that it’s easy to sell. The robbers still haven’t been caught, so if you just happen to be in the area - watch out.

source: NBC New York

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28 Comments

1. DrMoto

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

HaHaHa! Droid is now proven more secure.

4. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

"but the second had a Droid and the picky robbers didn’t like that, so they took cash instead." Why is this more secure? You lose all your cash instead, that's mostly worse.

5. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Man, it was a joke. Don't be so uptight. You are kind of sensitive aren't you?

7. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Robbers that steal phones, money, etc there in New York. This is not for joking. When it happens to you, then the lauphing will go away. It's still a frighting thought if it happens to you.

9. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, guess what. As I said before, I live in Brazil. Lots of robbers here. I have been robbed. And I can still make jokes of it. Even PhoneArena jokes about it as they call the robbers a hilarious pair of robbers. You should get the stick out of your a$$ and be happy.

10. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

We just got different opinions.

11. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I once read something about a dictator in Nigeria who died because he took too much Viagra in preparation for an orgy. So I can't make a joke about it because if it was me dying from a Viagra overdose, I wouldn't find it funny? Different opinions indeed. And I would bet that even the one who had the iPhone stolen must be cracking jokes about his friends' cell phones.

13. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What people usually make fun of is the circumstances of the robbery. Not the robbery itself. Big difference there.

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dmann has a great point. He has been robbed & so have I. It's not that serious that you need to get bent out of shape about it. PhoneArena.com's picture indeed is funny & DrMoto was just joking, so just keep it at that. Have fun with it & don't let it get you down.

15. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Not true....that is unless you always have 300$ in your wallet.

18. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

he only had a dollar in his wallet lol

20. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Its more secure for one because a iphone or droid at full retial is about 700. who do you know that walks around with that much cash. I rather you take the 50 bucks maybe a 100 that i have on me then my 700 dollar phone. but hey thats just me im smart like that. You give him your iphone ill kepp my droid so i can call the police right after he leaves. Dumb people. lol

2. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The robbers must be too creative. LOL.

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

lol haha, "It's insulting that they don't want my Blackberry" Sorry sister, you gotta learn that blackberries were not fashionable for a while now.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i can explain this... the robbers work for Apple. it's the ultimate sales stratagy! sell the people iPhones, steal them, re-stock them, people re-buy their iPhones. brilliant!

19. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

OMG That's more funny than Robberies story dude LOL

8. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

When some criminal act occurs, the main topic is that we should get ourselves some iPhones and/or other Apple products because it's the best there is and the Holy Grail of our existence, equally important to thieves as to politicians...

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lets face it most people will buy an iphone off ebay or online in general way faster than they would buy a blackberry.

21. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Next theyll be saying give me only your Att iphones lol. If they take a verizon Iphone the imei gets banned and can never be activated anyway. With a Att just stick a sim in and your good to go.

14. seeds

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 13, 2011

simple... that robberies is dont have enough brain to use Droid LOL, so they choose phone that more simple to use for them because their brain is limited (also match with their brain) LOL again... just for laugh dude

17. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Where's Taco when you need him... clearly this proves the pathetic resale value of stolen Droids.

22. Dmann

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yep. I'm pretty hungry right now. Could use some taco.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think taco only talks bout law suits copy cat articles roldefol and new Apple products doesn't want to read bout stole Iphones

23. srk_srinivas

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

Robbers can estimate iphone price, cause, it has very few models, but other brands, they can't estimate cause its hundreds of models, even price also 50$ to 1000$.

24. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

iPhone doesn't have apps like ''lookout'' or something?... that would be very usefull in this case..

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

LMOL glad I have my Android I feel MORE SAFE AND SECURE.

27. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

I find it hilarious that the girl was actually INSULTED that he didn't want her Blackberry, lol. You just got robbed and your insulted the thief didn't want to steal your phone? Too much mommy & daddy money for that one.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's like a rapist deciding not to rape you because you're not hot enough..it's not a good feeling to have..not at all..*sniffles* i'm okay.

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