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  • Apple iDevice Sting Results in 141 Arrests in the Big Apple

    Without question, iPhones and iPads are the among the hottest mobile devices on the open market. Unfortunately, they're also the "hottest" devices on the black market. That was much was illustrated yet again when New York police recently succeeded in arresting 141 people for attempting to purchase stolen iDevices.

    According to the New York Post, undercover NYPD officers sold the Apple products to merchants "at more than 600 stores around the five boroughs" of the Big Apple itself. Authorities posing as merchants were asking $50 to $200 for iPhone 4s and iPad 2s. It was made explicitly clear to the buyers that the devices were, indeed, stolen.

    Brooklyn saw the most arrests, with 42, while there were 41 in Manhattan, 31 in The Bronx, 21 in Queens and six on Staten Island.
    “That’s our intention, to reduce the places where people who steal these things can go and sell them,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. “If someone is offering you an iPad for way below market value, you have to realize that it’s most likely stolen.”

    As it turns out, iDevice theft is a huge problem in New York City. “Walking around with a cellphone is like walking around with a $500 bill,” one source told the New York Post. “Kids are stealing them and flipping them immediately.”

    Source: New York Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple iDevice Sting Results in 141 Arrests in the Big Apple started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Jarolin Vargas's Avatar
      Jarolin Vargas -
      i would buy an ipad even if it were stolen. it just has to be in perfect condition. go home and restore that **** right away.
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      so technically they didn't buy any stolen equipment.. I think a good lawyer would get them off.. the police officer lied about it being stolen when it actually wasn't stolen..

      is it illegal to buy a item that isn't stolen? because in reality those ipads and phones weren't stolen..

      someone offers you stolen item at good price, you say i cant buy stolen property are you sure that one isn't your own personal one that isn't stolen? if so I will buy that one wink wink nudge nudge..
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      I would buy an iPhone and iPad knowing full well they were stolen for $100! You all would. Brand new stolen iPad for $100, hell yeah! I've had an iPhone and 3 iPods stolen from me in the past 6-7 years. I remember a time when a guy was trying to sell me an Xbox 360 still in the box for $75 right after they came out. I knew it was stolen and did not buy one though.
    1. akafred's Avatar
      akafred -
      on the flip side if they are telling you how stolen they are you have to assume something is up.. usually the stolen part goes without saying..
    1. prodigy's Avatar
      prodigy -
      Right..if they are saying...hey wanna buy some STOLEN iPads something's going on with that.
    1. loud.n.clean's Avatar
      loud.n.clean -
      So do they at least get to keep the merchandise? Lol I mean **** your going to be paying a ton more for court costs and lawer fees...lol just sayin
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      I was about to talk sh.it until I seen the part where they said that the buyers were made aware that the devices were stolen. I mean how stupid to buy something when someone is clearly making it obvious that they are stolen.
      No the undercover officer says it's not stolen,
      my friend has to ask that before buy anything used and also have to fill some paper work with copy of ID any ways after all this paper work officers get into the store and arrest you.