FYI: Don't Steal An iPhone From An Undercover Cop

We've reported on iPhone thefts too many times: a few weeks back, we covered the runaway smartphone fugitive who thwarted his captors in a subway turnstile, which rides off the coattail of a Daily News report that these thefts have risen 44% in the past year. Another week, another blog post with a warning to keep an eye on your digital device. But this one has to take the cake for the dumbest iPhone theft we've come across yet.

Recently, the NYPD has been conducting what it calls its "anti-Apple-picking" campaign, or Operation ID, in which iPhones and other electronic devices are registered by serial numbers into a database so the cops can track your phone if it's stolen (we'll leave the Big Brother references at home, for now). It's the cops' way of celebrating the release of the iPhone 5: citizens wait in lines while the cops pick those lines for security.

So yesterday, the cops were conducting a sting for this campaign at the southbound 6 train on Lexington Avenue and 51st Street. It was around 3:40pm and the 6 train, per usual, was crammed with tons of people when the cops entered. It was at this time that some jackass reached his hand into an undercover cop's backpack and snatched his iPhone.
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More iPhone-Related Crime: Arrests Tied to Chef's Murder and Early Morning Subway Stabbing

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Two news stories are developing this weekend that involve iPhone-related violence.

The New York Post is reporting that a teen is now fighting for his life after he was stabbed early this morning during a fight over an iPhone at a Fordham Heights subway station.

Apparently, the 19-year-old saw that a friend's phone had been snatched after the two fell asleep on a downtown 4 train. When he realized the phone had been grabbed, he spotted someone who he thought looked suspicious and began fighting with him over the missing iPhone. The fight made its way to the Fordham Road station platform, and the man repeatedly stabbed the 19-year-old in the face and chest. The suspect fled the scene around 4 a.m. The teen is in critical condition at St. Barnabas Hospital.

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