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‘Apple picking’ theft of iPhones on rise on Seattle streets

SEATTLE — Carol Sessoms was on the sidewalk on 6th Street in Seattle, texting her husband to pick her up, when a guy in a black hoodie snatched  her new iPhone right out her hand and bolted. It was caught on surveillance camera.

“I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it had happened. I was like, this can’t be happening to me,” Sessoms said Tuesday.

“There were two guys ahead of me and I yelled at them to stop that guy, that he had just stolen my phone,” she said.

What she didn’t know, said police detectives, was that the men she asked to help were actually in on the crime. They casually surrounded her, waiting for the right moment to strike.

“Apple Picking,” as it’s called, is becoming more common in downtown Seattle.

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11 Comments to “‘Apple picking’ theft of iPhones on rise on Seattle streets”

    Barbrady said:
    April 3, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    People who annoy you…

      TurdSandwich said:
      April 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      naggers!

      RealDeal said:
      April 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Not really people are they? More sub humans

    guest said:
    April 3, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Steal everybody's i-phone! This "smart phone" thing is making everyone dumb, rude and a danger on the roads! They are a useful tool in the hands of an intelligent person but unfortunately they are the minority!

    yacunt said:
    April 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    So strangers are supposed to put their lives at risk so you can get your phone back? Get real.

    joeblow said:
    April 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Typical street thugs in downtown…

    canada said:
    April 3, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Black guys can sure run fast…

    guest said:
    April 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    When in downtown Seattle or anywhere for that matter, one jiggaboo immediately raises a red flag… Two jigs alarm bells go off… Three or more jigs, DEFCON 5!!!

    MoreJails4nags said:
    April 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    So, will someone please tell me that these are not the same useless little naggers that are being "disproportionately" disciplined in Seattle schools. Seattle… What a joke!

      Guest said:
      April 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      No, ur wrong. Them naggers r smokin crack in front of McDonald on 3rd and pine

    Ba Bowie said:
    May 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Anybody hear about a Schvoogie Buzzer app?

    Buzz once means bad people around and need to keep an eye on. Buzz twice means alot of bad people, get ready to be robbed. Buzz three times, call the police, activate gps.

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