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Residents on edge after recent cellphone robbery pattern in Kingsbridge Heights

According to the NYPD, the suspect connected to three separate incidents used to a moped to approach his victims and grab their phones.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2024, 12:31 PM

Updated 19 days ago

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Police say they are searching for the person behind a cellphone snatching robbery pattern in Kingsbridge Heights.
According to the NYPD, the suspect connected to three separate incidents used to a moped to approach his victims and grab their phones.
The most recent incident was on June 11 when a 35-year-old man's phone was snatched while he was waiting at the Bailey Avenue and West 238th Street bus stop. All three incidents happened in Kingsbridge, just a few blocks apart from each other.
One longtime resident tells News 12 that this isn't an uncommon occurrence in the neighborhood - and it's changed how he lives.
"I'm 70 and back in my days, I was basically wearing my jewelry and all that kind of stuff. Today, I'm not wearing nothing and I'm not carrying no money," said resident Oscar.
The Federal Communications Commission recommends keeping your phone secured - whether that be with a bracelet or by keeping it out of sight. They also recommend having a strong password and the proper security and location setup, since most people's smartphones have lots of their personal information.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.


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