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Mugger Targets Cell Phones in Northeast Queens

Four robberies have taken place in the 111th Precinct.

Can I see your cell phone?

That’s what a man who’s nabbed at least 11 cell phones in Queens has been asking victims before making away with them.

The six-foot-four suspect’s story is that his sister lost her phone. He demands to see his victim's phone, and if they say ‘no’, he brandishes a gun and tells them to turn over their phones, police said.

“Remember the guy is six-foot-four, and he’s basically accusing you when he says, that,” said a law enforcement source, who added, “So the victims feel intimidated, and of course, they’re going to produce the phones.”

The perpetrator, who is described as a black male in is 20s, about 185 pounds with tattoos on his neck and right arm, has a taste for Blackberries and iPhones.

Four of the robberies took place within the confines of the — with one being right on 212th Street, and another at the intersection of 196th Street and the Horace Harding Expwy.

Most of the robberies took place in the afternoon, or early evening. Cops warn that he sports copper colored Nike sneakers.

If you have any information about these incidents, call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  You can also submit tips by visiting the Crime stoppers Web site atWWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

neal September 01, 2011 at 11:56 PM
forget the gun, cops warn he has copper colored sneakers
none September 02, 2011 at 09:25 AM
If I see this guy I'll definitely call the cops. As for my fellow neighbors, there's nothing like banding together to take care of our neighborhoods....

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