iPhone snatches escalate as thieves on bikes target users
Gardai today warned people to be vigilant for iPhone thieves who have targeted users on Dublin’s city streets.
Describing the theft of iPhones as the capital’s fastest growing crime, gardai said thieves on push bikes have been snatching the phones from the hand of the user and making a swift getaway.
Gardai have put a specialist operation in place to thwart the robberies which take place in broad daylight on busy streets.
Blackspot areas, particularly around the IFSC, are now being patrolled more heavily by officers.
Garda sources said the iPhones are being sold for between €100 and €150 to small shops who specialise in unlocking phones and repairing them.
The phones are wiped of all data, making them impossible to identify, and resold. Some shops are taking as many as the thieves can supply, gardai say.
Women are mainly being targeted and the thieves on bikes shadow the subject for a couple of minutes to ensure the phone is an iPhone before swooping and robbing it.