NYPD Cracks Down On Sales Of Stolen iPads And iPhones

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Undercover officers are taking aim at the high-tech black market, and the NYPD says its city-wide sting operation has netted 141 arrests.

On Friday, police arrested clerks, business owners, and other workers who, cops said, eagerly exchanged cash for stolen iPads and iPhones, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Business owner Mohammad Taariq said one of his workers, who doesn’t speak much English, was arrested.

“The police is coming to trick the people to get them,” he said. “Of course, all of the people in this area do not understanding very clearly.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed even the hint of an entrapment defense, saying every suspect was well aware of what was going down.

“It was clear that the devices had been stolen, in their minds,” Kelly said.

The long list of arrests spanned all five boroughs, with suspects charged with criminal possession of stolen property for buying the devices for a steal, anywhere between $50 and $200 each.

Commissioner Kelly said innocent customers become the victims.

“Purchasing for small amounts of money, perhaps $200 for an iPad and then, of course, they’re selling them at a higher amount,” he said.

Clerk Tony Mejia said his boss was arrested by an officer who had a sob story, pretending to need quick cash for an emergency. He said he was trying to be helpful, and that two wrongs don’t make any of it right.

“This is wrong. This is wrong. All the time this is wrong,” he said.

Kelly said with so many iPad and iPhone robberies in the city, it was time for a crackdown.

“That’s our intention, to reduce the demand, reduce the places where people who steal these things can go and sell them,” he said.

Do you agree with the crackdown? Please leave a comment below…

  • DanTe

    I have firm evidence that the cops will be taking most of these iPhones iPads. In fact, they only turned in a small percentage as evidence. If this wasn’t true, they can easily subpoena this site for my IP address and sue me for slander. Go ahead, get my NYC IP and sue. Thieves.

  • truth

    does apply have anything to do with this? was there a “closed door” meeting between nypd and apple? all hardwares can be tracked! apple should start tracking their own devices and who it is sold to! they have the capability to produce software programs which would lock the device indefinitely if a “real owner” reported the device stolen.the nypd should start cracking down on ebay sellers and small stores who are not authorized apple resellers!!!

  • kevin

    i hope someone sees the offensive vulgar comment in the text that was in the video.

  • hasi

    Absolutely correct to do this. I would be willing to bet that most, if not all, of the perpetrators who market these devices are of mohamedan descent.

  • sheila

    first it was the (find the wallet) now it’s this. nypd is wasting time. sometimes i see three or four cops in a train station(Bronx) just standing looking stupid break all of that up and go downtown . under covers get on the trains and buses in full force and find the thieves who do this crime. do your jobs that the taxpayers are paying you to do!!!!

  • grammar police

    What does Friday6 mean>?

  • Mike Hock

    You’re as a$$hole Phil

  • the editorial is a pack of...

    JAY EEE WWW s and nazis are onin the same

  • JD

    You know what ,yes i agreed with the crack down but the police should not used entrapment to get people to commit crime they should know better. Yes we have a problem with hot items on the street people should also used their commonsense into protecting their smal phones and I-Pods.

  • Philip B Kirschner

    The NYPD is once again involved with a private transaction betweem an individual and business. THE NYPD has no legal right, requirments or moral high ground to arrest store owners for buying IPODS from owners. If they are stolen, they should be arresting the thieves. Once AGAIN, the NYPD behavies like JACK BOOTED thug NAZI STORMTROOPERS.VIOLATING THE CONSTITUTION.

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