A man was robbed at gunpoint for his iPhone 5 last week, according to police reports in the 76th Precinct. The latest model of Apple's popular smartphone was taken from its owner on Thursday, October 4 at 4:50 p.m. at the corner of Butler and Hoyt Streets.
The victim first noticed he was being followed by unknown individuals as he walked along Hoyt Street at the intersection of Bergen Street, police said. When the victim, 39, approached Butler, the three assailants suddenly blocked his way, according to cops.
One of the thieves displayed a revolver, while another pushed the victim in the chest and grabbed his iPhone 5 (cell $399; casing $30). All three attackers then split up, running off in different directions.
Police are searching for three men:
- One black male, approximately 20, 6 foot 1, with brown hair and brown eyes
- One black male, 18, 5 foot 8, 150 lbs, with a bad complexion
- One black male, 18, 5 foot 8, 170lbs, with a clear complexion
The 76th Precinct encourages all residents in possession of a smartphone to use any and all available GPS apps for relocating lost or stolen items, such as Find My iPhone, GadgetTrak, Device Locater or IHound, among others.
In addition, the local police force offers free engraving or tagging with invisible ink for any and all electronic devices.