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New Head of Downtown NYPD Transit District to Tackle Smartphone Theft

By Alan Neuhauser on October 29, 2013 12:35pm 

 Capt. Anthony M. Carter addresses Manhattan residents and business managers at a meeting of the Midtown South Precinct Community Council Oct. 17, 2013. Carter was named commanding officer of Transit District 2, which covers much of the southern half of the borough, in September.
Capt. Anthony M. Carter addresses Manhattan residents and business managers at a meeting of the Midtown South Precinct Community Council Oct. 17, 2013. Carter was named commanding officer of Transit District 2, which covers much of the southern half of the borough, in September.
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MANHATTAN — The new head of the NYPD's transit district covering downtown plans to make tackling smartphone thefts a top priority, he announced.

Captain Anthony M. Carter, 39, formerly of the NYPD's Office of the Chief of Transportation, last month joined Transit District 2, which is based beneath Canal Street but stretches from Bowling Green in lower Manhattan all the way up to 34th Street.

Carter replaced Deputy Inspector Paul Rasa, who headed to the 50th Precinct in The Bronx.

The new commanding officer's main goals include combatting and reducing larcenies aboard subway trains and platforms, especially involving the theft iPhones and other electronics, Carter said. 

"Thefts of electronic devices is our biggest issue," he said at a meeting of the Midtown South Precinct Community Council last week.

Transit District 2 includes dozens of subway stations along the 1/2/3 lines, the 4/5/6 lines, the A/C/E lines, the B/D/F/Q lines, the J/M/Z lines, the L line and the N/R lines.

Carter has previously served in in the 60th, 66th, 68th, 71st and 73rd precincts, according to NYC.gov. He graduated the city's Leadership Institute Class of 2013, and led a "complete restructuring of New York City's vehicle towing system," the site says.

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