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Cellular disservice: Phone thieves got busy near Baruch Houses

A trio of young cell-phone thieves went on a brief rampage on the Lower East Side last month, snatching phones from three people within one week, police said. The thefts all occurred in or near parks just east of the Baruch Houses.

In the first incident, a 71-year-old man was standing and talking on his phone in East River Park at Delancey St. on Sun., Jan. 17, around 2:30 p.m., when he was approached by the robbers. They grabbed his mobile, with an estimated value of $600, and fled. The victim was uninjured.

A photo of the alleged suspects. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

In incident number two, a 52-year-old woman was standing and talking on her phone at E. Houston St. by the F.D.R. Drive on Tues., Jan. 19, at 3:30 p.m., when the three males snatched her phone out of her hand and fled. The woman was injured. Her phone had an estimated value of $600.

Two of the alleged suspects. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Finally, police said that on Sun., Jan. 24, around 1:15 p.m., a woman, 23, was standing and speaking on her phone in Corlears Hook Park when the phone-stealing crew swiped her cell, too, after which they fled on foot to parts unknown. Again, the victim was uninjured. Her phone’s estimated value was $700.

The police reports don’t mention anything about any of the suspects riding a bike, but police also released this photo in connection with the thefts. In each incident, the robbers are said to have fled on foot. (Courtesy N.Y.P.D.)

Cops described the suspects as being in their late teens to early 20s. They released surveillance photos taken from the vicinity of the robberies, during the incidents.

Police ask that anyone with information call the N.Y.P.D.’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers Web site at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

All tips are strictly confidential.

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