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Sunday August 20, 2017

Gadget Thefts Up on Subway

According to police, thieves have been snatching more and more gadgets from the hands of NYC subway riders. While above ground larcenies are down 8%, there were 118 grand larcenies in the New York City this August, 14.6% more than last year. NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne said to The Wall Street Journal that it isn’t uncommon to see a trend in robberies of new items, notably the iPhone 4 and new generations of iPods.

Raymond Diaz, chief of the NYPD’s transit bureau, also warned that people sitting or standing near subway doors holding a gadget were more vulnerable to thieves snatching the item and running of the train just before the doors close.

The Wall Street Journal