Police are looking for a group of five thieves who’ve been working in groups as well as alone to hit cell phone stores, including one in Union Square.
Cops said the most recent incident was on July 2 at an AT&T store at 31 East 17 Street west of Park Avenue South. One of the aforementioned individuals posed as a customer and then ripped a cell phone off the display case, where it had been attached by a security cable. He then fled the store.
The first known incident was on June 12 at an AT&T store at 33 Park Place near City Hall. Three men, or possibly teenagers, posed as customers and ripped three cell phones off the display case, after cutting through security cable.
On June 24, 2017, at a Verizon store at 766 Third Avenue in East Midtown, two of the same individuals posed as customers and then ripped two cell phones off the display case, again cutting through a security cable.
The first suspect is described as black and last seen wearing a blue shirt.
The second suspect is black, last seen wearing a white du-rag, a white shirt, gray sweatpants and white sneakers.
The third suspect is black and was last seen wearing a blue and gray hooded sweater and dark colored pants.
The fourth individual is black and was last seen wearing a dark colored du-rag, a gray hooded sweater and black pants.
The fifth suspect is described as black with an afro, and was last seen wearing a white shirt and black pants.
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 at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.