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Bicycling Thief Snatches Teen's Phone in SoHo, Police Say

By Trevor Bach | October 16, 2013 1:18pm
 A teen's iPhone 4S was stolen by a thief riding a bicycle on Oct. 9, 2013, police said. 
A teen's iPhone 4S was stolen by a thief riding a bicycle on Oct. 9, 2013, police said. 
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MANHATTAN A bike-riding thief swiped a teenage tourist's iPhone in SoHo last week, police said.

The man peddled up to the 13-year-old Australian victim from behind as she stood at the corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue at about midnight Oct. 9, police said. The teen had just gotten out of a cab and had stopped on the sidewalk to look at her phone for directions, according to the police report.

After snatching the $600 phone, the man continued biking east on Spring Street, police said.

Authorities have not arrested anyone in the case as of Wednesday.

Other crimes from this week's 1st Precinct police blotter include the following, with details from police reports:  

A 28-year-old man reported his unlicensed motorcycle stolen after unsuccessfully trying to find it on his own for a week, police said. The motorcycle, a green Kawasaki EX2503, was last seen at the corner of Nassau and John streets on Oct. 1.

► A man's wallet was stolen from his wife's bag after she left it unattended several times over the course of an hour in Lower Manhattan Oct. 10, police said. The 38-year-old man told police that he put his wallet inside a bag his wife was carrying, and his wife noticed that the wallet was missing when she met up with husband an hour later at Chambers Street and Broadway.

A 34-year-old woman’s $700 Samsung S3 cellphone was snatched from her hand while she studied on the 2 train on her way home at 1:55 a.m. Oct. 10, police said. The phone was stolen just as the doors were closing at the Park Place station. 

A 50-year-old woman’s wallet was stolen on a crowded E train about 9 a.m. Oct. 11, police said. She discovered it was missing when she arrived at the Chambers Street station to transfer to the PATH train and needed to use her PATH train card. The woman told police she had not seen anyone reaching into her pocketbook. 

A $3,000 bike and bike lock were stolen near Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City on Oct. 13, police said. The bike's owner, a 32-year-old man, had parked and locked the bike, a Rocky Mountain Altitude 70, in front a building about 11:30 a.m. When he returned about 4:30 p.m., both the bike and bike lock were missing.