Wednesday, January 27, 2010

iPhone robberies on the rise?

Lately I've been hearing a lot about iPhone robberies, from our friends at the Borderstan blog (which covers the area between Dupont and Logan) and from the Adams Morgan listserve. Nothing specific to our neighborhood, but it's always wise to be careful when carrying around an expensive gizmo.

Back when there were iPod thefts on the Metro, people started using regular black headphones instead of the white Apple ones.

10 comments:

Shawn said...

My friend was riding the bus home from a night out drinking. Another guy on the bus asked if he could take a look at his iPhone, and my friend had some basic faith in humanity and held no prejudices and let the guy take a look at it, but he then jumped out of the doors as the bus stopped and sprinted away with his iPhone. How unbelievable....

Anonymous said...

Don't mean to be rude, but that was sorta dumb.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't make sense to steal a smartphone since you can remotely disable them. So really it ruins them as a phone.

But then the people stealing them are probably not that smart.

David said...

I was walking to grab the H8 on 11th one night, and I had my ipod in my hand because I wanted to change songs. When I was walking on Irving street, just west of Sherman, four teenage-looking kids crossed the street over to me and demanded my ipod. I had my laptop in my backpack and had been mugged before, so figuring I was getting off fairly easy, I handed it over. Then they ran away. It wasn't that traumatic, they didn't pull a gun or knife or anything, but I'm still much less comfortable walking around our neighborhood at night.

Anonymous said...

Shawn, that reminds me of a friend who was riding the bus, and another guy asked if he could take a look at his wallet. My friend had some basic faith in humanity and held no prejudices and let the guy take a look at it, but then he jumped out the door as the bus stopped and sprinted away with his wallet. It was unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

I was walking out of the Columbia Heights metro station last night and I had my headphones in. Some kid sprinted up the stairs, pushing people out of the way, and I thought he was just in a hurry. I took out my headphones and people were yelling to stop him because he had stolen a girl's phone. The cops caught the wrong kid and the thief got away.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, I miss living in Columbia Heights. Upper Northwest just doesn't compare to the safety and security of Irving and 14th.

11th and Irving cellar dweller said...

I was NB on the greenline one night and as the train approached the U Street station a group of 4 teenage black kids attempted to grab the iPhone I had in my hand. Luckily I've been keeping a good grip on the phone since I've seen a few snatchings occur right in front of me lately. They did make off with my earphones though.

When I got off at the CoHi stop there were a group of Metro cops on the platform. It took a few minutes for them to take the report and in the meantime my phone was buzzing off the hook w/ emails from concerned friends who saw me at the Metro station and thought I got arrested.

Fun times in the District.

12th and Irving Dweller said...

I was walking down the street and I overheard some guy talking on his Iphone about "CoHi." So I tried to snatch it away from him so he wouldn't use that term again.

beth parker said...

hey, i work at channel 5 and we're trying to find someone who has had their cell phone stolen in d.c. if you have, could you email me at beth.parker@foxtv.com
thanks!