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App leads cops to Flushing cell phone thief


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Apple

A smartphone tracking app played a key role in arresting an alleged cell phone thief within 30 minutes of the crime, police said.

Jordan Osborne, 19, allegedly fled in Flushing after grabbing an iPhone 5 out of the hands of a 28-year-old woman, according to the 109th Precinct. The victim was walking on Main Street and 41st Avenue around noon on April 15, police said.

A witness attempted to chase Osborne and then called 9-1-1.

Police then used a tracking device on the victim’s phone to locate Osborne on the No. 7 train near Citi Field. The MTA stopped the train so officers could go car to car, police said.

Cops found the phone ringing in Osborne’s hand. He was arrested immediately.

The suspect has been arrested for assault three times.

-BY MELISSA CHAN AND ROSA KIM

 

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Apple thefts increase 40 percent, says NYPD


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Apple

As New Yorkers hit the streets with their new iPhone 5s, the NYPD is warning about the increase in Apple thefts.

Data shows that between January 1 and September 23 of this year, incidents involving stolen Apple products increased 40 percent over the period from last year, exceeding the overall increase in crime. In total, there were 11,447 incidents.

Along with reminding the public to be more cautious and aware of their surroundings when carrying electronic devices, the NYPD is now registering them free of charge.

On Friday, September 21, the day the iPhone 5 went on sale, the NYPD registered and engraved the new phones at 21 stores where they were being sold, free of charge. Anyone can also bring their devices to a local police station and have them engraved with a unique serial number.

Though engraving enables the NYPD to trace and indentify stolen property more easily, a better solution may be to give cell phones International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers, so when a device is stolen, cell phone stores can permanently disable them, rendering them worthless.

This April, Senator Chuck Schumer and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly announced that major U.S. cell phone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed to set up an integrated database of IMEI numbers.

But, according to the NYPD, iPhones and iPads are not part of this agreement.

 

A public service announcement reminding people to be aware of their surroundings when carrying electronic devices on the subway. (Video courtesy of the NYPD)

NYPD preaching safety as iPhone 5 launches


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

As thousands line the streets of New York eager to be among the first to own Apple’s latest product, the NYPD is urging new iPhone 5 owners to keep an eye on safety.

NYPD Community Affairs officers are stationed at 21 city stores — six Apple stores, seven Verizon stores and eight AT&T stores — to register iPhones and engrave them with serial numbers as part of “Operation ID.”

The identification program allows police to trace stolen property or identify found property and return it to its owner.

“The theft of Apple phones and other hand-held devices drove the spike in robberies and larceny this year. Individuals alert to their surroundings are less likely to become victims, and Operation ID will help those whose property is lost or stolen to get it back,” said Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

Robberies are up nearly 5 percent on the year and petit larceny nearly 6 percent in the city.

There will be more than 2 million new iPhones that may be targeted by thieves as Apple set a new pre-order record — more than doubling the demand for the iPhone 4S.

“Operation ID” is a free service and residents may register valuable electronics at any time through the crime prevention officer a local police station.

 

Apple unveils iPhone 5


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Apple

Today, Apple debuted iPhone 5, a new, thinner, lighter version of its popular cell phone.

It’s so thin that Apple said it’s now the thinnest smartphone in the world, and it is 18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than iPhone 4S.

The phone also features other improvements on the iPhone 4s, including a 4-inch Retina display, a faster performing A6 chip and wireless internet, a longer battery life and enhanced audio features.

It also comes with a new mobile operating system, iOS 6, with more than 200 new user features including a new Apple-designed Maps app and Facebook integration with its Contacts and Calendar apps.

The iPhone 5 is available for pre-order starting September 14 and Apple stores will start selling it at 8 a.m. on September 21.

Pricing starts at $199 for the 16GB model (with a wireless service plan), the same as the iPhone 4S was selling at until today. That model is now $100 cheaper and the iPhone 4 is free with a two-year cell contract.