The 104th Precinct has been tracking down an individual who has been riding a bicycle around the community and snatching cell phones out of the hands of distracted victims.
The individual, described as a black or Hispanic male who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds, rides around on a black and silver bicycle. Most recently he stole a phone from a victim on Aug. 30 on 65th Place in Glendale.
The victim was walking down the block texting on her iPhone when the suspect rode up and snatched the phone from her hands. She was not injured.
Police officers are asking residents to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when using a high-priced smart-phone or device such as an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, as they are often targets for theft.
According to the precinct, thieves are more likely to steal phones from people who are distracted. It has been recommended that residents keep their phones in a safe place where they are not easily obtainable but if you must use your phone outside, keep an eye on the people around you.
The 104th Precinct has also taken multiple reports from victims after they were contacted via telephone from an unknown individual demanding money under the threat of harming a family member. The phone number from which the perpetrator calls from varies.
Officers are asking anyone who is contacted by an individual demanding money under the threat of force to call 911 immediately. According to the 104th Precinct Community Affairs Unit, this crime has not just occurred in the 104th Precinct but throughout the entire city in recent weeks.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.