Thief Busted for Stealing Phone from Sleeping Subway Rider

By Tom Liddy on February 19, 2012 11:19am 

Cops foiled a cellphone theft at the Jamaica Center stop on Feb. 18, 2012.
Cops foiled a cellphone theft at the Jamaica Center stop on Feb. 18, 2012.
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QUEENS — A Long Island man's attempt to steal a sleeping straphanger's phone at a Jamaica subway station early Saturday morning was foiled by a cop and an MTA worker — the second such incident on the E line that morning, police said.

When Claudel Dor, 32, of Valley Stream, was placed under arrest, police allegedly found that he had bank cards and a student ID from another victim.

Police said that Officer Ryan Oliver was alerted to a fight between an MTA station worker and the suspect at the Jamaica Center stop, at Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue, just before 5 a.m.

When he arrived, the worker said that he had seen Dor, who fled, take the 25-year-old victim's cellphone from his hand while he was sleeping on an E train.

While the MTA worker was relaying his story, he spotted the suspect on the platform and pointed him out to Oliver, police said.

When the officer stopped Dor, he found the other victim's cards and ID.

Both victims received their property back, police said.

Dor was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

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