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.
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