The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in finding a teen who spent some of his summer stealing cell phones from people in Flushing.
He’s been taking the devices from their hands and in all but one incident, has fled the scene on a bicycle. The thief has mostly committed these crimes at night.
On June 29 around 10:50 p.m., the crook stole a phone from a 27-year-old man around Maple Avenue and Saull Street.
The thief snatched a 25-year-old woman’s phone on July 8 around 9:30 p.m. at Blossom Avenue and Main Street. He also got the $100 in the victim’s phone case.
About 20 minutes after midnight on July 20, the suspect took a 48-year-old woman’s phone in front of 132-69 Maple Ave. He also knocked her to the ground. EMS treated the woman at the scene.
The perp struck again on the following night night at about 12:30 a.m., taking a 19-year-old man’s device in front of 139-07 Franklin Ave.
At Frame Place and Maple Avenue around 12:40 a.m. on Aug. 1, he took a 46-year-old man’s phone.
On the following night, he snatched a cell phone from a 55-year-old man’s hands at Juniper Avenue and Kissena Boulevard at about 10 p.m. This time, he fled the scene on foot.
In his next grand larceny, the thief stole a 30-year-old man’s phone on Aug. 10 around 2 p.m. in front of 132-45 Maple Ave.
Right down the street from that address, in front of 134-38 Maple Ave., he stole a 29-year-old man’s phone around 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 15.
Shortly after midnight five days after that, he stole a 31-year-old man’s device in front of 42-41 Colden St.
In the final incident the cops want him for, the perp stole a 47-year-old man’s phone around 2 p.m. on Aug. 24.
Cops describe the thief as a Hispanic male between 16 and 18 years old who weights 160 pounds, is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and has an Afro.
He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweater, black pants and black sneakers, according to the NYPD.
He rides a white, black and red Eurobike bicycle.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.