Sunday, October 13, 2013

SWIPED: Phone Snatcher Strikes On Broadway

A phone snatcher struck at Rocks Lakeview, 3463 N Broadway, around 7:45 this evening. He was last seen heading toward the lake.

Offender description: male, black, late 30's to 50 years old, 5'8" tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black t-shirt with white spirals, and a hoodie.

The event is recorded as a theft in CPD case #HW491807.

9 comments:

  1. Maybe everybody else is more tech savvy than me and knows the answer to the following questions, at least I know the phone stealers do.

    What do they do with the phones?

    I know they are worth something to them, but how? For instance, if I have a Sprint cellphone and it is stolen and report that to Sprint, won't the phone be deactivated by Sprint so I can get a new phone with the same number?

    If the phone is deactivated, WHO sells it to someone else and WHO would buy a stolen phone?

    Thanks in advance to anyone who is knowledgable enough about this to answer my questions.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The convenience/cell phone stores on the south and west sides are notorious for buying the stolen phones. The crooks have gotten smarter and have the phone reset to factory setttings and remove the SIM card, which essentially makes it a new phone :(

    ReplyDelete
  3. There are vending machines that buy phones.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have been told that iPhones have a flat rate trade-in value against a new one. Cops refer to the thieves as "Apple pickers".

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sell it on ebay ?

    ReplyDelete
  6. I take your stolen phone home. I remove the SIM card. I install a new SIM card for $40. Bingo. I have a new $200-500 phone with a new number I can use or resell. Also there are many nefarious independent phone stores who buy these for $50 each and reprogram them, then resell them for 1/2 the actual price. If it wasn't extremely lucrative, these morons wouldn't be so interested in phones.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Those stores with signs that read "we unlock phones for $15" are conveniently located off the north side red line stops too. There's one right at Bryn Mawr.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Does the new Apple 7 operating system really prevent people from wiping phones? Hopefully that will have an impact on crime (though I'm probably being naively hopeful)...

    ReplyDelete
  9. ^^My understanding is that the new iOS 7 does indeed have a feature that, when activated, causes the phone to fry the firmware, making it unusable even with a new SIm card.

    ReplyDelete