Cops are searching for a crook who mugged at least three teenagers for their iPhones in Fort Greene while pretending he was carrying a gun.
The perp, described as a 6-foot, 18-year-old with a blue bubble coat and a tattoo on his hand, robbed his first victim on Jan. 27 on Greene Avenue, police said.
The 14-year-old victim told cops he was near Vanderbilt Avenue at 4:46 pm when two men approached him. One of them claimed to be armed and demanded his Apple device. The pair fled after the victim forked it over.
Two other incidents were harrowingly similar — though this time the thief acted alone.
• On Feb. 7, the marauder held up a 13-year-old on Greene Avenue and Cumberland Street at 5 pm, according to police. He fled after the victim gave up his fancy mobile.
• A week later, the goon pretended he was carrying a pistol and robbed a 14-year-old girl of her iPhone at 5:25 pm at Greene Avenue and Adelphi Street.
Capt. Scott Henderson said that iPhone users should get the free “Find my Phone” app — since cops used it to retrieve one woman’s cell an hour after a thief snatched it on Fulton Street last week.
“We’re encouraging people to download anti-theft apps to their phones,” said Henderson. “Sometimes they help us make arrests.”
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477; visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com; or text 274637 then enter “TIP577.”
Reach Kate Briquelet at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at (718) 260-2511.