A man has robbed a number of people of their cell phones in Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay over the past month, in every instance using the same method: claiming his victims' phones are actually stolen and demanding that they give him the phone back.
Cops say that the robbery streak started on April 22, when the man approached two male teenagers in front of 2452 East 24th Street shortly after 2 p.m. As he did in every robbery, the man first claimed that that the victims' iPhone 7s actually belonged to his sister and were stolen, and demanded that the victims give them back to him. He then threatened to use force to take the phones from the teens, who handed them over. The man then got in a black Nissan Altima and drove away.
A few days later, the man pulled the robbery scheme on a 27-year-old man with a iPhone 6 plus on the corner of Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue on April 26 at about 2:30 p.m. He struck again on May 6 shortly before 7 p.m., this time robbing a 17-year-old male on the corner of Avenue Y and Coyle Street of his iPhone 7 before fleeing. Finally, the man stole two more iPhone 7s on May 12 at around 5:40 p.m., this time from another pair of teenage males on Oriental Boulevard and Girard Street.
In addition to jumping in a black Nissan Altima, the man was also seen wearing a Nike jacket and Air Jordans during each robbery.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.