Serial Thief Caught With Multiple Phones, Debit Cards

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A thief cut a sleeping man’s pocket and stole his iPhone on the subway this week, but police succeeded in getting it back thanks to an anti-theft app.

At 7 a.m. Friday, the 23-year-old man was fast asleep on a Queens-bound F train. He woke up as the train was entering the 42nd Street station, and found his pants pocket had been cut open and his iPhone and wallet had been stolen.

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The man went home and activated his “Find my iPhone” app, and reported the theft to police.

NYPD Sgt. William Robinson and Officer Timothy Osorio, both of Transit District 2, responded to the site where the iPhone was last located. Robinson used the Find my iPhone app on his iPad to trace the stolen phone to First Avenue and 1st Street on the Lower East Side, where they saw a man standing on the corner.

As the officers walked up to the man, Robinson activated an alarm feature on the app, which caused the stolen phone to ring loudly and indicated to police that they had the right suspect. The man was arrested without incident.

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Following a search of the suspect, police found another cell phone – this one a Motorola Razr. That phone had been stolen from a 22-year-old man who was aboard a Q train at 3 a.m. March 2, and discovered that he had been the victim of a theft at the 57th Street stop, police said.

Police also found two debit cards, which belonged to a 20-year-old man who also fell asleep aboard the F train at 2:30 a.m. Friday, and found his pants pocket had been cut and his wallet stolen as he woke up at the York Street station in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

The suspect, Mark A. Gilmore, 30, of the Bronx, was charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

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