Public Safety Alert: Phone Snatching
Written by Bwog Staff
Public Safety has just sent out an alert that a student’s phone was snatched this afternoon near 114th St. and Amsterdam Ave. More information and an image of the subjects below.
“A common element in these incidents is that the victims are not paying attention to their surroundings, distracted by the device in question. Quite often the perpetrator follows the victim from behind and snatches the electronic device right out of his or her hand. In a number of these incidents, the perpetrators were riding bicycles when they targeted their victim. These events are not limited to the streets and have also occurred on subways and buses. The NYPD & FBI are currently investigating fencing operations (stores) that are buying these stolen electronic devices.”
Public Safety (and Bwog) remind you to pay attention to your surroundings and keep your phone out of sight when walking.