Police are warning Eagle Rock residents to be more careful as they walk and talk on their mobile phones following a recent series of afternoon street robberies. About four victims have reported being robbed of their iPhones in the past month as they walked on residential streets in northeast Eagle Rock, said Northeast Division robbery Det. Ubaldo Zesati. The most recent robbery took place earlier this week, and all the incidents have occurred between 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Victims have described the suspects as African-American men with close-cropped hair who threaten to use force if the phones are not handed over. The suspects then drive away in what is believed to be a gold-colored Toyota sedan. No weapons have been used in any of the incidents, some of which have taken place in the area of Townsend Street.
“When they are on their phone, [victims] are not paying attention to their surroundings,” Zesati said.
Zesati advises mobile phone users to be on guard and to call (213) 847-4270 with any information. Of course, Zesati would probably prefer you make that call while not walking.