Criminals love iPhones — yours

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Cell swipes

Thieves couldn’t get enough of people’s cellphones last week — especially that chichi Jobsian device.

• An evil trio held a man at knifepoint and stole his iPhone on the Long Island University campus on Sept. 18.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that he was at the Long Island University campus near DeKalb Avenue at 11 am when one of the bandits yelled, “Sit down” and plucked the mobile from his pockets.

• Three teens wrenched an iPhone from a woman’s hands on Lafayette Avenue on Sept. 14.

The 20-year-old victim told police that she was near Washington Avenue at 9:30 pm when the thieves came up from behind and grabbed the mobile.

• A thief stole a Droid cellphone from a Pratt Institute student on Lafayette Avenue Sept. 17.

The victim told cops she was near Washington Avenue at 9 pm when the stranger yanked her mobile and fled.

• A speedy crook snatched the iPhone from a woman on Flatbush Avenue Extension on Sept. 18.

The 29-year-old Manhattanite told cops that she was near Prince Street at 3:15 pm when a stranger lifted her mobile and ran into the Ingersoll housing projects.

• A bike-riding bandit stole the iPhone from a woman on DeKalb Avenue on Sept. 18 as she sent text messages.

The 32-year-old victim told police she was near S. Elliott Place at 6:53 pm when the perp rode alongside her and snatched her device.

• A stranger yanked the iPhone from a woman on Myrtle Avenue on Sept. 18 as she stepped into a bakery.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that she was near Ashland Place at 7 pm when the crook grabbed her phone and fled.

Parkland blues

Two prowlers in Fort Greene Park punched a skateboarder and robbed him of his sweet ride on Sept. 16.

The 24-year-old victim told cops he was near DeKalb Avenue at 9:35 pm when one of the thugs punched him in the back of the head. The man tried to get his board back, but an accomplice chased him away.

On the trigger

Three robbers held a woman at gunpoint on Downing Street on Sept. 14 to steal her iPhone, Ray-Bans — and even her bed sheets!

The 22-year-old victim told police she was near Gates Avenue at 10:50 pm when one of the bandits displayed the weapon, pushed her against a gate and yelled, “Shut the f—k up! What do you have?”

The crook then yanked her pink backpack and the thugs fled — also taking her pocketknife, credit cards, and passport.

Apple picking

Three thugs swiped the iPhone from a man on Myrtle Avenue on Sept. 13.

The 29-year-old victim told cops that he was near Clermont Avenue at 9:45 pm when the bandits surrounded him and asked for the time. As soon as the man looked down at his phone, one of the thieves plucked it from his hand.

The goons fled north on Adelphi Street.

Gang of three

A band of marauders held a Pratt Institute student at gunpoint on Greene Avenue on Sept. 12 — scoring a laptop, Thermos and cutting board.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that he was near Grand Avenue at 10:05 pm when one thief yanked the backpack off his shoulders and another pointed a handgun to his stomach, saying, “Be quiet and don’t say anything.”

The jerks fled east on Greene Avenue, taking the man’s $2,000 computer, cellphone and credit cards.

Wheel bad

A thief stole a blue van from Grand Avenue on Sept. 12.

The 32-year-old victim from Virginia told cops that he parked near Park Avenue at 2 pm. When he returned the next day, his vehicle was gone.


A fast-acting teen snatched the iPad from a woman on a Church Avenue-bound G train on Sept. 13.

The 22-year-old victim told cops that when the train stopped at Clinton-Washington at 3:40 pm, a 15-year-old stranger grabbed her tablet and ran out the doors.

Chain of fools

A gun-toting thief stole $600 and a bunch of cellphones from a Fulton Street mobile store on Sept. 15.

The 20-year-old employee told police that he was closing the Metro PCS near Washington Avenue at 7:50 pm when the thug walked in, flashed a gun and screamed, “Where the f—k is the money?”

The madmen then punched the worker in the face, jumped behind the register and grabbed box containing the cash and phones.

Music haul

A thief snatched an iPod from a man on Willoughby Street on Sept 12.

The 19-year-old victim told cops he was near St. Edwards Street at 10 pm when some oddball asked to use his phone, but instead nabbed his iPod and took off.

— Kate Briquelet

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Wake up from Bk says:
You people make it so easy for these skells to rob you. Do not take your phone or ipad out in public. Yes it sucks but that's the price you pay to live here. This isn't bumf**k Midwest. People are desperate and lazy.
Sept. 20, 2011, 6:05 am
Kalahari Dessert from Brooklyn says:
From experience good number of 88th Precinct cops are notoriously incompetent and lazy, and the commander, Anthony Tasso is ineffective and without vision. A plethora of crime in the precinct happens one block from the station at Lafayette and Classon. Ever try and call the 88th for something? That's a good time for a nap. That said, the chores of a zookeeper never end.
Sept. 20, 2011, 8:10 am
Homie from Crooklyn says:
Most iphone users are digital zombies and deserve
whatever they get.
Sept. 20, 2011, 3:47 pm
Shmooklyn from Brooklyn says:
How about instead of blaming the victims of these crimes, we blame the perpetrators. Getting robbed isn't a price anyone should have to pay for living anywhere.
Sept. 20, 2011, 8:35 pm
Yea I said it from Now what says:
Well shmooklyn guess you are not a real new yorker. Wake up. This is NYC. It's not safe anyway. You want safe go back to the Midwest.
Sept. 21, 2011, 5:40 am
Shmooklyn from Brooklyn says:
Well, aren't you tough. Do you rob people for a living?

I'm not from the Midwest, and I've lived a large part of my life in Brooklyn. And I think that this macho tough attitude of blaming the victim needs to end. Maybe if communities and police precincts focused more on catching and punishing the people who commit these crimes instead of telling victims what they could've done to avoid being victimized and that they should accept it because "it's NYC."
Sept. 21, 2011, 10:25 am
Darl from Clinton Hill says:
Homie from Brooklyn.. Whiten up a bit.. You sound like an ——.
Sept. 21, 2011, 11:57 am
Kalahari Dessert from Brooklyn says:
Yea I said it from Now: I think you are just pretending to be ignorant. Or maybe not. Ever been to East St. Louis? Sounds like you need to apply for a passport.
Sept. 21, 2011, 2:31 pm
Yea I said it says:
Do I give a crap about east St Louis? And I have a passport. Thank you :) and it's so funny how everywhere you turn all you hear is how people get their phones stolen yet everyone continues to use their phone for stupid crap. Yes I blame the victim cause the thugs are never going away. Either protect yourself or get robbed. And no Schmookie I have a wonderful job and life. I enjoy watching stupid people be ignorant. Not me. Street smarts and common sense. Can't teach that can ya?
Sept. 21, 2011, 3:49 pm
Shmooklyn from Brooklyn says:
And it's attitudes like this that allow crime to persist. And while I wouldn't wish this on anyone, I do think there would be poetic justice if someday someone robbed you and all your friends told you that you deserved it for not protecting yourself.
Sept. 21, 2011, 4:07 pm
Yea I said it says:
Not stupid enough sweetie. Like I said streetsmarts.
Sept. 21, 2011, 4:23 pm
Shmooklyn from Brooklyn says:
Yes yes, you're too "smart" to get attacked or robbed. If there were no more robberies, you wouldn't have a means of feeling superior to everyone else.
Sept. 21, 2011, 6:22 pm
Yea I said it says:
If I have my phone out and I get robbed it's my fault. If I'm walking home with all my crap in my bag and someone yanks it then that's just tuff luck. Big difference. I'm talking about oblivious people with their big dumb heads shoved in their phone and not being aware of their surroundings.
Sept. 22, 2011, 4:47 pm
The answer from Fg says:
Sept. 22, 2011, 9:33 pm
White Bread from Clinton Hill says:
The fact of the matter is that we know who is committing these crimes. FG Projects and Lafayette House's should (need to) be demolished. If you're a home or property owner this will probably double your value. Political suicide but a great service to anyone who lives in FG/CH. I'm not really sure where the displaced people would go (but who would really cares anyway??). I'm positive there is some other kind of subsidized living situation the state can provide to them elsewhere.

BTW, I love going to Pioneer and Associated to buy food and being the only one paying with real money. Everyone else in line puts their iPhone or BlackBerry down and pulls out a NYS Food Benefit Card. Not to mention they have brand new weave in and expensive clothes and jewelry on. I'm not against people being able to get help when they need it but it's angering to see such blatant gaming of the system.

Enough of this nonsense about it being the victims fault. If it's 3:00 AM and you're drunk alone stumbling down the street it's one thing, but if it's daytime hours then it's a cowardly crime. My hope is that they try to rob the wrong person and he fights back, better yet, is armed. One of these clowns need to made an example of.
Sept. 24, 2011, 6:20 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
White Bread from Clinton Hill for Mayor!!!!!
Sept. 29, 2011, 2:09 pm

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