2009-05-21 / Other News

Cops Pick Up Two Suspects In Rash Of Cell Phone Thefts Here

By Charles Rogers

Thanks to some good police work and input from members of the community, detectives from the 69th Precinct last week arrested two youths in connection with a rash of robberies of cell phones late last month.

Two teenagers were picked up last weekend after police tracked them as a result of checking some phone numbers belonging to a few of the robbed phones, including those serviced by TMobile, AT&T and Nextel.

According to authorities, these three use private codes designed to allow anyone to use them. They warned that students, especially, should not be given these phones to take to school because they might be subject to thieves.

Authorities at the local precinct said, "These phones are expensive too. If kids are going to take any of them to school, they should at least use inexpensive ones."

The two teenagers, whose names were not revealed, were charged with robbery and, in one case, assault involving the theft of a phone on Rockaway Parkway near Glenwood Road on April 27 when the victim was punched during the robbery.

Another theft occurred on the same day on Flatlands Avenue near East 79th Street and, just about ten minutes later, another boy was accosted on East 84th Street and Farragut Road when he was put in a headlock before being robbed.

Detectives repeated that youngsters should be more careful when it comes to cell phones and warned that they should stay clear of those brands, at least on the street.

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