Cops search for thief who stole a phone and cash from sleeping teen in Sunset Park

Cops are hunting this man suspected of nabbing a phone and cash off a sleeping man.

Police are searching for the crook who swiped an iPhone and $400 off a sleeping 19-year-old on 56th street last week.

Surveillance footage shows the thief approach the victim as he dozed on the stoop of his 56th Street home near Sixth Avenue at 5 a.m. on July 30, before carefully sliding the victim’s smartphone out of his pocket, and snatching the wallet from his hand.

The bandit is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing black pants, a blue short sleeve shirt, black sneakers and a light blue backpack, according to authorities.

Anyone who provides police with information leading to an arrest can expect up to a $2,500 reward through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers program. The public can phone their tips to (800) 577-8477, log into the Crime Stoppers website at, tweet @NYPDTips, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306.

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