Theft of Apple iPhone sets off a cinematic high-speed chase

“The woman was talking on her iPhone, and never saw coming her induction into a large and growing subset of crime victims. But there it happened shortly after noon on April 15, on a busy corner of Main Street in Flushing, Queens,” Michael Wilson reports for The New York Times. “A teenager zipped past, snatching the phone out of her hand and kept running.”

“Devices like hers were stolen 16,000 times last year in New York City. But what happened on this afternoon was anything but commonplace,” Wilson reports. “The closest comparison that leaps to mind is a classic chase scene from a 1971 thriller.”

Wilson reports, “The teenager, soon out of sight, had every reason to believe his getaway was whistle clean. The woman, with just as many reasons to believe that was the last she would see of her phone, flagged a police officer, who put a call over the radio with a description of the young man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt. Another officer pulled out his own iPhone, and together with the victim, logged into the Find My iPhone feature, which should work if the thief had not turned the victim’s phone off. He had not.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The NYT is really slipping. They forgot to blame Apple.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jetlag John” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
The New York Times tries to blame Apple for smartphone thefts – May 2, 2013
iTheft busters: NYPD forms dedicated team to catch iPhone and iPad thieves – February 22, 2013
Thanks to Apple’s ‘Find My iPad,’ California police arrest Christmas present thief – December 27, 2011
Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ helps find wreckage of Chilean plane crash – September 7, 2011
Find My iPhone! Hampshire binmen save iPhone after rubbish error – January 13, 2011
Mugging victim uses Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ to track robbers – August 31, 2009
NYC thieves want iPhones, victims are fighting back with tech like Apple’s ‘Find My iPhone’ – July 2, 2009

18 Comments

  1. The ONLY thing that Apple needs to be blamed for here is their ongoing failure to require the passcode of the phone to be entered in order to turn it off. There is absolutely no reason that an unauthorized person should be able to turn off an iPhone, especially since a powered-down iPhone cannot be tracked.

    Please, Apple – get with it and close this theft loophole.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.