“Around midnight on April 19, 2012, Hwangbum Yang, a 26-year-old Korean immigrant and aspiring chef, finished work as a cook at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. He rode the No. 1 train uptown to the Bronx and started walking home in the rain,” Gerry Smith writes for The Hiuffington Post.

“He was two blocks from his house when a man holding a gun approached him, according to police. The man — whom police would later identify as Dominick Davis — demanded Yang’s iPhone,” Smith writes. “When he refused, Davis shot him once in the chest. Yang died on the sidewalk.”

Smith writes, “Yang was still wearing the iPhone’s white earbuds when paramedics arrived, investigators told his sister. Davis had left his wallet untouched, but had taken his iPhone. Police later found the phone for sale on Craigslist for $400… Yang’s murder stands as a chilling example of a modern-day crime wave sweeping the country, sometimes with deadly consequences. From New York to San Francisco to Washington, D.C., police have reported a surge in thefts of smartphones and tablet computers — iPhones and iPads in particular. The spike in robberies has grown so pronounced that police have coined a term for such crimes: Apple picking.”

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