Big week for iPhone thefts • Brooklyn Paper

Big week for iPhone thefts

88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

iPod touched

Police arrested three people who they say took a teenager’s cellphone on Greene Avenue on June 6.

The 17-year-old victim told cops that he was near Cumberland Street at 2:45 pm when the jerks approached him and took his iPod Touch.

Cops later arrested suspects, two of whom were teenagers.

Dastardly duo

Two men assaulted a man and stole his iPhone and earphones on Greene Avenue on June 9 — but the brave victim managed to get his phone back.

The 29-year-old victim told cops he was at Vanderbilt Avenue at 9:55 pm when the men approached him, hit him, and grabbed his electronics.

After chasing them down, he was able to get his phone back.

Rooted out

Someone robbed a school on St. Edwards Street — taking a $2,500 computer — sometime overnight on June 7.

A teacher from the Community Roots Charter School near Auburn Place told cops she left her classroom at 2 pm, and returned at 8 am the next day to find her iMac computer gone.


A thief stole a car parked on Carlton Avenue sometime between June 2 and June 7.

The 32-year-old victim told cops he parked his 1999 Subaru Impreza between Willoughby and DeKalb avenues at 5 pm on June 2.

When he returned at 10 pm on June 7, the car was gone.


Two crooks attacked and robbed a man on Irving Place on June 6.

The 38-year-old victim told cops he was talking on his iPhone between Gates and Putnam avenues at 10:30 pm when a man punched him in the face and another picked up the phone he dropped and ran.

Cops arrested one suspect later that day.

Hand it over

A gun-toting duo robbed a man on Waverly Avenue on June 9 — taking his wallet and cash.

The 40-year-old man told cops he was between Greene and Gates avenues at 9:05 am when the two crooks approached him, displayed a hand gun, and asked him for his money and wallet.

After he handed it over, the jerks fled.

Swipe game

Cops arrested a man who they say sold MetroCard swipes in the Nevins Street subway station on June 9.

Police say they spotted the 47-year-old man selling swipes at the turnstile of the station at Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street at 3:34 pm.

When they approached, he attempted to evade arrest, flailing his arms and biting an officer during the struggle, cops said.


A crook stole a teenager’s iPhone right out of her hands on Hanson Place on June 4.

The 15-year-old victim told cops she was talking on the phone at Ashland Place at 5:15 pm when the jerk snatched her iPhone 4S.

Car had

A larcenist drove off with a plumbing company’s van that was parked on Greene Avenue on June 8.

Representatives from company told cops the driver left the Ford van between Grand and Classon avenues at 10:30 am and returned at 12:10 pm to find it gone.


Someone took a wallet a woman left unattended in the Atlantic Terminal Mall on June 6.

The 32-year-old victim told cops she left her purse on her baby’s carriage in Marshalls at 4:02 pm. When she returned a half-hour later, it was gone.

— Eli Rosenberg

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