By Dan Gesslein
BRONX, NEW YORK, OCTOBER 25- Police are looking for groups of thieves who have attacked women for their smart phones.
The first attack occurred in Belmont on September 30. At around 4 p.m. a 16-year-old girl was walking in front of 826 East Tremont Avnue when the suspects approached from behind and demanded her smart phone. One of the group punched the teen in the back of the head and tried to remove the phone. When they could not make off with the phone, the attackers began beating the teen.
The suspects are described as black females in their late teens and early 20s.
In an unrelated incident, thieves snatched the woman’s smartphone from her hands. The 24-year-old was standing on the corner of Boston Road and E. 180th Street when she was attacked. A man in his 20s ripped the woman’s Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone from her hands and fled.
The last attack occurred in the West Farms. At around 7:50 p.m. on October 2 a woman was attacked for her iPhone. The woman was walking in the vicinity of Vyse Avenue and East 179th Street when two men pounced. The men ran up behind the 25-year old and snatched the iPhone 5 from the woman’s hands.
The two men were described as black males in their late 20s. One suspect was wearing a grey sweat suit and the other was wearing a dark sweat suit.
Anyone with information is urged to call CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All calls are strictly confidential.