MANHATTAN — Police released video of a picky iPhone mugger suspected of targeting students near Columbia University.
The alleged smartphone thief, along with another suspect, are wanted for three robberies in which victims were attacked for their iPhones, the NYPD said.
Demand for the pricey devices has been so high that in one of the alleged robberies, after the vicim handed over another type of smartphone, the suspect returned it in disgust.
During a Nov. 21 incident, a 24-year-old female student was walking with a friend on West 114th near Amsterdam Avenue when one of the suspects grabbed her, slammed her against a fence and threatened to beat her up if she didn't hand over her iPhone, police said.
Surveillance video from that day shows one of the suspects walking down the street wearing blue jeans, a dark puffy jacket and a cap.
The first suspect is described as standing between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10, and weighing 150 to 170 pounds, police said. The second suspect is described as standing 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, and weighing 150 to 180 pounds. Both suspects are described as being in their early 30s.
Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers' website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.