NYPD Transit cops apprehend a man suspected of taking an iPhone from a man sleeping on a bench in Manhattan’s Broadway and Lafayette subway station Saturday morning. Police Officers Santana and Rothermel were patrolling the station when they awoke a man who was sleeping on the platform bench to ensure he was well. The man immediately told the officers that he was missing his jacket containing his iPhone and keys.
Beginning their investigation, the officers used the Find My iPhone application on their smartphone and tracked the stolen device throughout the city. Almost an hour later the duo was able to pinpoint the signal to an area on Claremont Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The officers stopped the only person they observed on the block who was found to be in possession of the stolen device.
After arresting the suspect, further investigation revealed he was in possession of five additional cellphones, including one taken during a robbery that took place minutes earlier in upper Manhattan. Police Officers Santana and Rothermel worked with NYPD Transit detectives to further investigate the crimes and charged the man with robbery, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.