iPhone Pedal-and-Pilfer Spree Spreads Through Brooklyn - switched.com

bike wheelOblivious Brooklynites intent on walking and gabbing need to be on high alert for brazen and blazing cell-phone thieves. A wave of iPhone thefts has intensified in recent weeks, and the ride-by bandits commit their crimes while saddled on bicycles. The cell-crime spree, which began to garner attention in October, continues to spread through various neighborhoods in the borough, including Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Boerum Hill. The iPhone pilferers primarily target women, who -- so far -- have represented six of the seven known victims. The criminals don't just snatch and speed away, though. One bicycle thief punched his female target before swiping her $400 iPhone.
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