NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police arrested a subway rider after he allegedly lifted an iPhone from a plainclothes decoy police officer’s backpack Sunday.

Bronx resident Raymond Rodriguez, 47, was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was taken into custody at 3:15 p.m. on the No. 4 train at Grand Central.

Police say Rodriguez has 27 unsealed prior arrests, including for assault, robbery, burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property, as well as drug-related offenses.

The NYPD recently doubled the number of decoy officers in response to an increase in thefts of iPhones, cell phones and other personal electronic devices from subway riders.

Dozens of officers were trained as decoys, mimicking subway crime victims, and are backed by teams of nearby officers.

Police also handed out tens of thousands of fliers with tips on how to keep your property safe from thieves.

Please leave a comment below…

Comments (16)
  1. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  2. Lushantha says:

    I am a bus operatoer in Staten Island. I see this type of Robberies in S46, S52, S76 almost every week. The sad part in Staten Island is that MTA is doing nothing to prevent it happening even after we report to the management. So, most of the drivers do not even bother to fill up an incident report.

    1. Meme Meyagi says:

      you see this happening and do nothing about it? how about closing doors of bus and not letting thief get out until police get there? or is it too much work for you?

      1. Edward says:

        Closing the doors to bus could be very dangerous for the bus driver and the passengers. You don’t know if the thief is armed or crazy enough to attack other people. The bus driver is not a law enforcement officer. He/She are bus drivers, and a witness’s thats it.

  3. Jimmy Ellis says:

    27 prior arrest? How many convictions?


    Meme Meyagi why dont you come under my blanket, and then i will show you whats being done about your @$s

    1. Meme Meyagi says:

      sure, post your address, i love to sleep next to dead bodies

  5. J EDGAR says:


  6. jordan says:

    they in ur mama’s pants

  7. jimmy says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    How is it that 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland.This after several of them had taken flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers and several of them where on State department terror watch lists.
    There is evidence that employees from DoD, CIA and DOJ accepted bribes from Al Quida.
    If DoJ and DoD employees where more concerned with doing their jobs than enriching themselves by stealing from suspects and taking bribes, then there might have been more a chance that 9/11 had never happened.
    Worse might be the fact that elements within the U.S. Intellignece agencies with intent create their own terrorists by carefully choosing suspects and through many 10’s of years of psycological and physical abuse create their own terrorists. Why, to prop up defense spending.
    My dog was poisoned to death, a stolen car was run into the front of my house, gang members are harrassing me, I get death threats, BB guns are being shot at my car when I drive, my car is being tampered with, money and jewelry has been stolen out of my house, very long term sleep deprivation, etc….
    They have been harrassing me for 20 years.

    1. p8nt says:

      Someone needs to see a shrink, and take their pills.

    2. Biff says:

      Yeah, Jimmy, you’re a schizophrenic. Get help.

  8. RealisticViewpoint says:

    Good job, now lets take over israel and destroy netanwahoo, before that ZIONAZI leads us into WW3, thanks! =D

    1. iwork247 says:

      did your parents not love you as a child?

  9. Hey Nypd says:

    Good police work!

  10. SantaFeJack says:

    Subways, whether in NYC or Boston or any city in the world, are filled with thieves, etc. One should always be on the alert.

Leave a Reply to Meme Meyagi Cancel reply