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NYPD seek pair in armed Ozone Park iPhone robbery


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PAULINA TAM

Two teen suspects punched a 27-year-old woman in the face when she would not give up her iPhone in Ozone Park Saturday, police said.

The victim was approached by the pair around 5:30 p.m. on 81st Street near Liberty Avenue when they displayed a gun and demanded her phone, cops said.

Police describe the two suspects as black, about 16 years old and 5 feet 5 inches  to 5 feet 5 inches 6 inches tall. The first suspect wore a white and blue shirt and the second a red shirt. Authorities have also released a video of the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Astoria resident creates social platform to connect fans in time for World Cup


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Images Courtesy Fanspectrum


Next week fans won’t have to make the trip down to Brazil in order to cheer on their favorite teams in the FIFA World Cup; instead, their support will just be one click away.

Sports fan, former athlete and Astoria resident Vibor Cilic is expected to launch a new social platform called Fanspectrum, which will allow fans to show their support, regardless of their location, during the big games and also interact with other soccer enthusiasts.

“I would watch sports, I would watch my favorite team – Barcelona – and I would always ask myself, how do I connect with other fans?” said Cilic, who came up with the idea for Fanspectrum while watching games at Scorpio Cafe & Bar in Astoria. “How do you expand that real stadium into a global stadium?”

Fanspectrum, which will be available for free on the iPhone, Android and at www.fanspectrum.com, will have four features fans can access once they create an account and choose their favorite team.

The first core feature is called a “Fan Battle” where supporters of one team go against those of another and see which has the largest support. In this feature, the user will be able to enter a stream of social media posts for that specific match in which they have entered. The user will be able to post comments, videos and pictures, answer polls, create questions and comment.

In regards to the World Cup, fans will be able to access this feature during specific matches.

“Not everybody can make it to Brazil,” Cilic said. “We offer them a solution, for every fan’s voice to be heard, no matter where they are and what they do.”

Another feature is called a “Fan Map” where users will be able to pinpoint the locations of fans. According to Cilic, this will allow users to see where the larger groups of fans are coming from.

Fanspectrum will also have a Leaderboard which ranks the best fans for a specific team and time period. In this feature, the more fans a user invites, the higher they reach on the board.

The last feature is known as a “Fan Army,” which Cilic says works like a Facebook group but beyond just hitting the “like” button, allowing more user interaction.

“What we want to provide is that real-time engagement and real fans supporting their teams,” said Cilic, who hopes as the social platform becomes more known, fans will be able to receive physical rewards. “The whole point is for fans to be recognized as leaders and for us in the longer term to reward the fans.”

Once it officially launches, Fanspectrum will start with soccer fans, mainly focusing on the World Cup games. However, Cilic hopes to move the social platform forward in order for it to be available for fans of all different sports.

 

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Suspect punches, steals phone from 15-year-old on Queens subway


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Cops are looking for a suspect who swiped an iPhone from a teen boy before punching him on a Queens subway train last month.

The robbery took place about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 aboard a southbound No. 7 train at the Flushing-Main Street station, police said.

The suspect approached the 15-year-old, grabbed the cell phone from his hand, punched him in the face and fled, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Cops searching for suspect in Flushing store thefts


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Police are looking for a man suspected in a string of thefts at Flushing stores this month, the NYPD said.

The suspect stole a wallet at a cabinet store on 33rd Avenue on the afternoon of Jan. 2, and another wallet, containing $3,000 in cash, at a beauty salon on Union Street the following morning, police said.

On Jan. 14, he allegedly stole a purse containing two iPhones from a Sanford Avenue store, according to cops. He then allegedly took another iPhone from a telecommunications store at 136-84 Roosevelt Ave. the next day.

Police have released a photo from the Jan. 15 theft. The suspect is described as approximately 30 years old and medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black hat, black sneakers, blue jeans, and a black and gray North Face backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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‘Find My iPhone’ app helps police bust robbery suspect


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Updated Monday, October 7, 12:24 p.m.

It took cops only minutes to recover a stolen cell phone and catch the robbery suspect thanks to an iPhone tracking app.

The 17-year-old victim was standing at a Corona bus stop on the Horace Harding Expressway near 99th Street around 8:45 p.m. Friday when she was robbed, said police.

The suspect came up to the teen, placed his hands over her and choked her while removing her iPhone from her handbag, then pushed to the victim to the ground, said cops. He then jumped into the rear passenger side of a vehicle and fled the scene.

The victim was not injured in the incident.

Responding officers were able to initiate the “Find My iPhone” app and track the stolen cell phone to Myrtle Avenue and 85th Street where they found the car around 9 p.m., said police.

Cops pulled the vehicle over and arrested the suspect who allegedly took the iPhone as well another man and a woman who were inside the car.

The stolen iPhone was recovered and returned to the victim.

Michael Iglesias, 29 has been charged with robbery and criminal possession of stolen Property. Augustin Rodriguez, 27, and Sayli Llonch, 28 have also been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, said police.

But a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney’s office told the New York Post there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute Rodriguez or Llonch.

 

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App leads cops to Flushing cell phone thief


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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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MTA launches subway app with real-time countdown clocks


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The MTA has taken some of the guess work out of catching trains with a newly-launched app.

The app, named MTA Subway Time and currently only available on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, will allow straphangers to know precisely when trains are expected to arrive at stations. For now, the service is available on seven lines, the No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and S trains.

“This is what generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for. The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here,” said MTA Chair and CEO Joseph Lhota. “The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk.”

The app allows users to click on any of the 156 stations to see when the next train will be at the station. The app is synchronized with the mta.info website displaying planned service changes and real-time service disruptions.

The L train is expected to be added to the app within a year and the No. 7 line in the coming years. The other 15 subway lines signaling system must be upgraded before it can be added to the system, though the MTA is exploring other ways of providing real-time arrival time through other means.

The app is still in a test mode and the MTA is looking for feedback from users.

An app for Android and Blackberry users is expected in the near future.

 

 

Man wanted for series of subway cell phone thefts


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Police are searching for a man wanted for snatching five electronic devices over the past month on trains in Queens and Brooklyn.

Four cell phones and an iPad were stolen in the incidents that all occurred E, F, or R trains as they entered the station, according to police. The five victims were all women between the ages of 16-28.

The most recent robbery took place on December 11 as the suspect exited the R train at the 67th Avenue station. The suspect punched a 16-year-old girl in the face before taking her phone.

Police described the suspect as a black man between 25-30 years old, standing 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing between 180-190 pounds.

 

 

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: A slight chance of showers between noon and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday night: Clear, with a low around 41. North wind 9 to 17 mph.

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iPhone thief prowls Queens

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Apple thefts increase 40 percent, says NYPD


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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)

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Bronx Teen Stabbed During Subway Fight over iPhone

A teen is fighting for his life after he was stabbed during a fight over an iPhone at a Fordham Heights subway station early this morning, authorities said.

The 19-year-old saw that his friend’s smartphone had been snatched and pocket slashed after the two fell asleep on the downtown 4 train, polices sources said. NYPost

 

Two Cops Injured While Rushing to Call in Brooklyn

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The cops were taken to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries after a Honda Accord struck their car at Bedford Avenue and Midwood Street at about 8 p.m. One of the cops was kept overnight. A third person was also hospitalized. NYPost

 

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Cops use iPhone to track down abusive Queens man who had fled with one-year-old daughter

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Tech thieves targeting iPhones on subway


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THE COURIER/Photos by David Beltran

Residents of Astoria refuse to be frightened by fleeing thieves aiming to filch their phones.

Police say nine iPhones have been stolen along the “N” and “R” train lines since late December, with the most recent incident occurring on February 8. Five of the thefts have occurred in Astoria – three at the 36th Avenue station and two at the neighboring stop on 39th Avenue. Young women were victims in eight of the nine cases, police said.

The NYPD currently has descriptions of three of the suspects involved in the thefts – all black males in their 20s, roughly 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds.

A number of residents admitted they were unaware of the trend in their neighborhood, but were not nervous about losing their phones to the bandits.

“I heard that was going on in the city and other places but not here,” said Leticia Huero, a 20-year-old iPhone owner who uses the 36th Avenue station daily. “I’m not really worried about it though – you just have to be careful. I’m not going to be any more vigilant because people should already be vigilant. I might use it a little less now while I’m on the train, but I’ll probably end up still using it after a while.”

Others view the crimes as inevitable, considering the volume of phones out in the open at any given time.

“Yeah, I can see how that happens. People are on their phones all the time and they don’t notice who’s around them,” said Mujammil Ali, 22, who visits the 36th Avenue station twice a day. “People just need to be more careful. They buy these expensive phones but they don’t watch out for thieves.”

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who represents Astoria and is the chair of the Public Safety Committee, says many of the incidents occur above ground, prior to the train leaving the stations – when thieves snatch a phone and dash out seconds before the doors close.

According to Vallone, the police have responded to the recent rash in iPhone thefts by increasing their subway presence and instituting sting operations designed to nab phone snatchers.

Officers of the 114th Precinct have advised riders to use their phones sparingly, and to hide them whenever they do.

“If you have electronic devices while you are in transit, try not to have them visible. Be aware of your surroundings,” said an officer of the 114th Precinct’s Crime Prevention Unit. “Unfortunately, when you are using an iPhone or iPod, you tend to pay attention to that instead of what’s going on around you, which increases the chances of you becoming a victim. Perpetrators prey on people who aren’t paying attention.”

Additional reporting by David Beltran

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Police capture armed robbery suspect using stolen iPhone’s tracking technology


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105 Pct Robbery Arrest

An armed robber was recently captured after being under an “iCloud” of suspicion.

Darrius Lee, 19, of Jamaica, was arrested on Thursday, February 2 for the armed theft of a wallet, iPhone and iPad.

Lee approached the 27-year-old victim with a gun, striking him in the head before demanding and taking his property, police said.

After police responded, officers were able to track the suspect’s location using the iCloud application on the victim’s phone.

Police surrounded the suspect’s house and were able to apprehend him when he attempted to flee.  A loaded 380 caliber Hi Point semi-automatic was recovered.

Lee was charged with first degree robbery, assault, menacing and resisting arrest.

The victim was treated by EMS on the scene for bruising to the head and released.