Snobby Robbers Only Steal iPhones, Refuse To Take Droids Or Blackberries

Snobby Robbers Only Steal iPhones, Refuse To Take Droids Or Blackberries

Some Columbia University students were recently robbed in upper Manhattan. While robberies happen on the streets of New York City every day, this particular instance was an interesting case of smartphone theft.

The pair of bandits ambushed three students and demanded that they hand over their iPhones. Not only did the robbers demand iPhones specifically, but they also refused to steal Droid or Blackberry phones. Ouch.

NBC New York reports:

Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said.

The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.

The third victim also didn’t have an iPhone, but the men allegedly refused to believe her and threw her against a fence to search her.

One of the students commented that, “”I think it speaks to the resale value of an iPhone,” while another felt insulted that the robbers refused to take her Blackberry. Yet another victim said, “I don’t like mine. I’m waiting to get an iPhone myself.”

(via The Loop)

  • Alex Stewart

    I hope someone steals mine, so I can use “Find My iPhone” on them, and show up with a SWAT team at their place. :)

  • Timothy Gregoire

    I would use fone home. its a $4 app, and it has the ability or send a fake text, saying whatever you want. when they slide to unlock, it takes their picture with the front camera. and they can’t stop the transmission  LOL. i have tested this at my school, where phones are stolen everyday

  • Paul Lloyd Johnson

    Haha, can’t give them away!

  • iDaBoss

    Disappointment awaits

  • AppleKilledMobileFlash

    Those thieves probably don’t like the fragmentation, malware and spotty updates when it comes to Android smartphones.  For the BlackBerries, they probably realize the company will be out of business in a month, so what’s the point of taking it.

  • r moore82

    hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaha

    Who knew Android was latin for “no one will steal this garbage.”

  • Sean

    Just cleaning the world or rotten apples thats all…

  • r00fus

    First thing either a thief or cop/CIA agent does is to power down the device.  Secondly, they either remove the GSM card or put it into a simple faraday cage while they hack/unlock or wipe your phone. 

    The likelihood of a knowledgeable professional thief or agent being found by a remote detection feature is pretty close to zero.

  • Agueda Consunji

    Hmmm, possibly a publicity stunt by Apple itself… guerilla marketing in a literal sense.  BB PR should be able to think of something more creative to redeem its brand ;)

  • Al

    I think most muggers couldn’t even spell faraday cage, let alone know what one is.

  • Yousaf Khan

    Hahahaha funny, as a tech business like Google with Android, I feel ashamed.

  • taylerz

    Even thieves have taste.

  • taylerz

    Even thieves have taste.

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