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Police Searching For Phone Thief Who Struck On Jackson Avenue

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June 3, 2016 Staff Report

Police are searching for a man who snatched a woman’s cellphone on Jackson Avenue and escaped onto the subway.

The suspect approached the 40-year-old woman in front of Mu Ramen, 12-09 Jackson Ave., and asked for a cigarette, according to the NYPD. When the woman said she didn’t have any more, the suspect grabbed the cellphone out of her hand and fled into the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue station via the 50th Avenue entrance towards Flushing.

The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. on May 25. The victim sustained no injuries.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall, 180 pounds, with short hair. He was last seen wearing light colored shorts, a light colored t-shirt and black sneakers.

The NYPD released surveillance footage of the suspect walking in front of 12-23 Jackson Ave. prior to the incident.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Look at the phones being used by the thugs, often you’ll notice they have one thing in common. Cracked/broken screens. Phones are often damaged when they are stolen. One common method of theft is to simply slap it out of the hands of the victim by one criminal while another picks it up and walks off with it. Be aware when certain individuals are within proximity to you and your $500 dollar phone, put it away and out of sight.


I watched a show about cell phone snatchers. They make a ton of money. These things are sold in South America and Asia for huge profits. Easy money.


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