There was a time when a thief was just a thief, but nowadays, even thieves have their own brands, which are usually associated with the products they steal. In Stamford, Connecticut, one crew of thieves, known as the ‘Apple pickers’, are known for their determination to steal iPhones.
The name ‘Apple pickers’ was given to the gang by cops because the criminals only steal iPhones, normally in broad daylight.
CBS New York reports on how the ‘Apple pickers’ operate:
Video observed by CBS 2’s Lou Young shows the thieves in action. One is seen coming in on two wheels, drawn by the presence of an iPhone and a distracted victim.
“He makes his move on her right there and he drops the bike. Now, the bike’s probably stolen because he takes off an leaves it,” Stamford Police Capt. Rich Conklin said.
The victims are almost always women who are alone during the day, and the thieves always target iPhones. Also, the ‘Apple pickers’ are quick, and the victims never get to see the person who robs them. Police also say thieves are quick to disable security apps on the iPhone.
The lesson to ladies is to be alert when out and about during the day. Most women are more at ease and less aware during the day, and thieves are taking advantage of that.
Police say that the iPhones go for anywhere from $150 to $200 on the streets.