Would-Be Thief Hid Under Subway Seat to Steal Phone, Cops Say

By Andrea Swalec on September 25, 2013 6:50am 

 A man sleeping on a Downtown E train awoke Sept. 22, 2013 to find a woman lying under his seat, trying to steal his phone, police said.
A man sleeping on a Downtown E train awoke Sept. 22, 2013 to find a woman lying under his seat, trying to steal his phone, police said.
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MANHATTAN — Look out below!

A man sleeping on the subway early Sunday morning awoke to find a woman hiding under his seat and trying to snatch his cellphone, police said.

The Hudson Heights resident was snoozing on a Downtown E train about 5 a.m. Sunday when he felt motion in the right front pocket of his hoodie, according to the police report.

When he opened his eyes near the Spring Street C/E station, he found a woman lying under his seat trying to yank his phone out of his pocket using the cord attached to his headphones, he told police.

Transit police conducted a canvas and arrested Kristen Mundo, who had not succeeded in snatching the phone, police said.

Mundo, 28, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of attempted grand larceny and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

She was being held on Rikers Island as of Tuesday, Department of Correction records show.

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