NYC Cops Bust 141 Members Of Stolen iPhone Crime Ring


iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (Photo by jabella -

Psst. You wanna buy a stolen iPhone or iPad? New York City police say the iPhone is such in demand shop owners will buy the handset even when they know the device was stolen. The NYPD recently arrested 141 employees who purchased hot iPhones to sell at pawnshops, grocery stores and barbershops.

The arrests were part of a sting that concluded Sunday involving more than 600 stores suspected of buying stolen iPhones. Undercover NYPD officers asked between $50 and $200 for iPhone 4s and iPad 2s they clearly identified as stolen. The Apple smartphone is often the target of more than half of the robberies reported in the city, according to the New York Post.

“If someone is offering you an iPad for way below market value, you have to realize that it’s most likely stolen,” NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Along with stolen iPhones and iPads, city law enforcement is also coping with a rise in counterfeit Apple devices.

As we reported, many of the fake iPads appearing on New York City streets likely began in China. In July — long before the insanity of holiday shopping began — one company found 23,000 iPad clones. One suggestion is to limit your shopping to known retailers, such as the Apple Store or Amazon. That iPad you pick up at the corner drugstore for $29.95 likely won’t have Apple’s blessing when it breaks.

  • gabriel jones

    The title is a little much, no? Technically there was no actual “Crime Ring”, its just a bunch of innocent people who got set up for no apparent reason. Why would the cops approach the stores with the merchandise, sell it to them, then turn around and arrest them? To make them realize that its bad to buy stolen property? Im pretty sure most of those people enough have common sense to know that its not good to buy stolen stuff, in fact even if they did not know, it didnt take an arrest to inform them. Thats just as stupid as the episode of Cops where they set a bike out in the ‘hood and wait for someone to pick it up, then take them to jail …. !!!!!!!! Are you kidding me? Of course someone is going to take the bike look at what part of town its in, Im a tax payer and I’d rather have police fighting real crime instead of setting random people up. They would never get a chance to steal the average persons bike because people dont just leave their bike in a random spot out in public. I wonder how they felt when they arrested him “Great police work guys, another potential bike thief off the street” … *sarcastically* “Wow Im so happy to live in the USA, we can rest another day because they caught one more bike thief”. The police are creating the crime scene and filling it with people who would have never “committed the crime” would it have never been orchestrated by the same people who are supposed to be serving and protecting tax paying citizens. There are people being raped, murdered, committing drug deals, breaking into houses, etc but taking people to jail for buying something that they “claimed” was stolen is apparently more important in this day and age. God Bless America.

    (Forgive me for any typos or errors, I was in a rush)

  • HerbalEd

    If you knowingly buy stolen goods you are a thief and are thus subject to arrest and conviction …. pure and simple.