The suspected crook recognized by his copper colored sneakers was caught red handed last week.
The alleged mugger with a was observed by watchful cops robbing teens of their phones on a handball court at the corner of 190th Street and Underhill Ave. in Fresh Meadows.
Over the past several months, Eric Colvin allegedly jacked phones from 14 victims from Brooklyn and Queens.
His story was always the same. First he would tell marks that his sister’s phone was missing. Then, he’d make away with the phone by threatening to pull out a gun he never brandished.
According to a police source, Colvin was recognized by the tattoos on his neck depicted in a police sketch, and his trademark Nike foam sneakers in copper.
At age 24, Colvin, who is from Far Rockaway, had eight prior arrests, including two for criminal trespassing, one for marijuana possession and another for theft of service.
Colvin has also been arrested as recently as Aug. 30 for driving with a suspended license, leaving the to believe that he was taking public transportation up to Northern Queens to perpetrate the thefts.