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There Are Thieves Who Won't Settle for Less than an iPhone

By - Source: NBC New York | B 43 comments

Two muggers in Manhattan have made headlines for the iPhone-only demands.

I'm the first to admit that waving your smartphone around while walking around late at night probably isn't the best idea, and that goes double when you're in a place like New York City. However, it seems my Nexus One and I needn't worry, because muggers these days don't want Android phones. At least, that's the way it seems thanks to two muggers targeting Columbia students and their Apple smartphones.

According to NBC News, two muggers currently operating in uptown Manhattan are only after iPhones.  Police say that twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones. Though the first victim complied, the second victim had a Droid, which the thieves didn't want, so they took the person's money instead. The third victim was also without an iPhone and she got thrown against a fence and searched for her troubles. Thought the Columbia students that spoke to NBC were alarmed, they were apparently also offended. One girl said, "It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry." 

One student points out that this speaks volumes about the iPhone's resale value, and we're inclined to agree. Though many Android devices, and indeed some BlackBerrys, are just as expensive as the iPhone, a well-priced iPhone on Craigslist or eBay certainly won't last long, while a BlackBerry or a DROID might take a little longer to move. Obviously, it's in these guys' best interests to shift their stolen wares as quickly as possible.

Police are still searching for the men involved, and have released surveillance footage in an attempt to identify them. Until then, mind your iPhones, folks.

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    guru_urug , December 18, 2011 12:16 PM
    First Apple robs you and then the mugger...pity iphone owners
  • 32 Hide
    SoiledBottom , December 18, 2011 12:44 PM
    First.... happy no one was seriously hurt

    Three people robbed in New York city (wow crime rates must be coming down) is news worthy because the word Iphone is mentioned ?

    How much money does this site generate from the mentioning the words Apple or Iphone ?

  • 28 Hide
    julius 85 , December 18, 2011 12:36 PM
    "It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry."
    What?? Seriously?
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  • 43 Hide
    guru_urug , December 18, 2011 12:16 PM
    First Apple robs you and then the mugger...pity iphone owners
  • 28 Hide
    julius 85 , December 18, 2011 12:36 PM
    "It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry."
    What?? Seriously?
  • 24 Hide
    Kaiser_25 , December 18, 2011 12:40 PM
    Stupid fanboy muggers, lulz
  • 32 Hide
    SoiledBottom , December 18, 2011 12:44 PM
    First.... happy no one was seriously hurt

    Three people robbed in New York city (wow crime rates must be coming down) is news worthy because the word Iphone is mentioned ?

    How much money does this site generate from the mentioning the words Apple or Iphone ?

  • 6 Hide
    kristoffe , December 18, 2011 1:13 PM
    they're not their
  • 24 Hide
    stingray71 , December 18, 2011 1:26 PM
    Thieves aren't the brightest people in the world, this just proves it. Although, I wouldn't want a BB either.
  • 8 Hide
    Marco925 , December 18, 2011 1:37 PM
    settle for less than an iPhone?

    more like they wouldn't want anything more than an iPhone. this title makes the iPhone look like king
  • 23 Hide
    Camikazi , December 18, 2011 1:49 PM
    mt2eThe Iphone is a good all around device, when its in your hand it feels important, has a good feel/weight, honestly u cant blame them their like bars of gold

    It feels important? It FEELS like a phone, nothing more, no phone will ever feel important unless it controls the fate of the universe.
  • 19 Hide
    house70 , December 18, 2011 2:03 PM
    Prolly a couple of baristas...
  • 22 Hide
    830hobbes , December 18, 2011 2:54 PM
    I really enjoy these tech-related stories that make sure I don't forget how superior iPhones are to Androids.

    Tom's, if you guys are looking for a story for next week, my friend dropped her iPhone in the toilet. I bet I could get you an interview.
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    heffeque , December 18, 2011 3:19 PM
    julius 85"It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry."What?? Seriously?

    My thoughts exactly.
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    cmartin011 , December 18, 2011 3:47 PM
    yeah they can have that iphone ill stick to my beautiful 4.5 super amoled + android crapper haha
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    intel4eva , December 18, 2011 3:52 PM
    Didn't I read this story almost 2 weeks ago? Toms news feed has always been a few days late, but this is ridiculous.
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    zulutech , December 18, 2011 3:57 PM
    The muggers are clearly idiots, along with all the people who are focusing their time and energy on publicizing as opposed to catching the crooks. Honestly, how hard is to catch 2 android discriminate bozos?
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    del35 , December 18, 2011 4:05 PM
    Who cares? This article seems to be intended a propaganda for iCrap, as if there weren't enough in the media already. I wish Tom's Hardware would spend time on more interesting coverage--not nonsense about how thieves,derelicts, and social-rejects want iPhones.

    The bottom line is that the iPhone is not suitable for technologically literate people; people who give up their freedom to use it deserve what they get. I will never ever want an iPhone or an Apple product, even if they were selling for a fraction of the cost. No need to elaborate and try to push the iPhone because of who uses it. It is completely clear that the media is trying to push Apple's junk by carrying such articles, likely a consequence of owning Apple's stock and trying to keep it rising as more and more moronic people are cowed into purchasing Apple products.
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    silver565 , December 18, 2011 4:18 PM
    I can't believe this made the news. Muggers wanting iPhones?! Surely there has to be something more important going on in the world...
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    kilo_17 , December 18, 2011 4:27 PM
    Well, they are criminals, but at least they have good taste when it comes to phones :D 
  • 4 Hide
    rohitbaran , December 18, 2011 4:33 PM
    Quote:
    It's insulting that they don't want my BlackBerry.

    I am fine with insults like those. At least I would keep my phone!
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    mightymaxio , December 18, 2011 5:34 PM
    At least it wasn't my Evo 3d getting stolen. If they stole that i would wish swift justice on them! lol
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