Gothamist is reporting today that a pair of suspects attacked a rider on the 7 train as it was pulling into the 34th Street Hudson Yards station. The suspects robbed the rider of his iPhone and Beats headphones.
The suspects, both described to Gothamist as being about 19 years old and 5’5″, are more likely unintelligent, opportunistic miscreants rather than hardened criminals as evidenced by the theft of the iPhone which has likely been rendered worthless now. Ever since Apple introduced the Activation Lock feature with iOS7 in September 2013, iPhone thefts have dropped considerably, with many cities reporting drops of as much as 50%. This is notable because in some cities like San Francisco, smartphone thefts made up almost half of all crimes reported.
About the Activation Lock feature, CNet notes “if the Find My Phone tracking utility has been deactivated, or if the phone has been wiped, the thief will have to know the owner’s Apple ID and password before the device will work again.”
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.