Eagle Rock street robbers target iPhone users

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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.

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  1. Don’t panic! The thieves are just trying to become “mayor” of Men’s Central Detention Facility.

  2. I might have some info into who is doing this! I was robbed for my iphone4 a few weeks ago than I find out it’s happened to 2 other people in echo park in recent months. We’ve established that his name is Jerry and he’s a toothless bald Mexican guy who claims to be from 18st. Be careful out there, especially on your iPhone!

  3. follow the iPhone gps straight to these scumbags

  4. Seriously, has anyone tried ‘Find my iPhone’ to locate these guys?

  5. @Rebecca

    Seriously, do you think these guys might be smart enough to know how to turn that shit off? They probably have a system in place. When they need a little money, they look for an iphone. The world must be a wonderful and abundant place for them.

  6. I have a little surprise for them since I’m often around that area around that time. Really hope I get to present it to these crooks.

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