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Feb 222013

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Apple has become one of the most popular gadget brands in the world — not only in sales, but in theft. With iPhones, iPads and iPods stolen so often, New York City police have teamed up with Apple Inc. to combat these crimes directly, the New York Post reports.

The NYPD has designated a special “team of cops” to pursue the theft of mobile Apple devices like iPhones and iPads. With the use of a device’s International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMSEI), it’s possible for Apple to track the whereabouts of a device and then share that information with the police.

“We’re looking for ways to find individuals who have stolen Apple products and return the products to their original owners,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Post. “It is being done to learn the pattern [of]  who is stealing.”

When reached by ABC News, Apple declined to comment on its involvement with the NYPD. The NYPD did not return ABC News’ request for comment.

In one case a stolen iPad was tracked all the way to the Dominican Republic and recovered with the help of an NYPD intelligence cop assigned to Santo Domingo, according to the Post.

The NYPD began Operation ID last September as an effort to encourage the public to register the serial numbers of their devices free of charge, ABC station WABC-TV reported.

“The theft of Apple phones and other hand-held devices drove the spike in robberies and larceny [in 2012]…Operation ID will help those whose property is lost or stolen to get it back,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told WABC. According to the NYPD, more criminals are targeting Apple products, and while overall crime is up four percent in New York City, Apple product crime is up 40 percent.

Because of the rising rate of theft, there is even risk involved in buying one of these devices second-hand. Police say they can and will confiscate any stolen and resold devices and return them to their rightful owners. With Apple’s tracking system, it’s even possible to find a device after it’s been reregistered with a different wireless provider.

As reported by ABC News earlier this year, one creative New York man was able to reclaim his device without the help of the police or Apple.  Nadav Nirenberg left his iPhone in a New York City cab and noticed the person who had assumed possession of the device was posting on his online dating profile. Nirenberg created a fake profile to set up a “date” with the person using his phone.  The confrontation was not violent. Nirenberg got his phone back.

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Jan 282013

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — New York City’s top cop says he’s favors universal background checks, a key element of President Obama’s wide-ranging proposal to curb gun violence in America.

Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says closing loopholes that allow criminal elements to acquire firearms is an important step in stopping violent crime.

As for New York, Kelly argues it’s not assault weapons that are as prevalent as handguns, which he says are responsible for 60 percent of homicides in the city.

The commissioner also defended the proposed use of a kind of body-scanning device that would allow cops to check if someone is carrying a gun without patting them down.  Kelly acknowledged 4th Amendment concerns by civil liberties groups who oppose such an effort.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, another guest on Face the Nation, complained that an assault weapons ban would not protect children, contending that the administration should be more concerned with the root causes of violence that include mental health issues.

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Nov 012012

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The New York Police department has posted four videos of a helicopter rescuing people off of rooftops on Staten Island, N.Y., where entire neighborhoods are submerged under flood waters in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Members of the Aviation and Scuba teams saved five adults and one child who were trapped in their houses, according to the NYPD.

In the videos, an officer is lowered onto the rooftops on a line to help the stranded victims into a basket that is then hoisted back up to the helicopter.

In one video, the officer helps a person holding a small child into a basket and in another video the officer helps pull someone out of an opening in the roof of a house.

The Oct. 30 rescues were performed by Helicopter 23, the chopper named after the 23 New York City police officers who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Oct 072012

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City officials are apologizing after sending a letter to a New York man demanding he pay $710 within 10 days for damaging the cop car that struck and killed him during a chase last spring.

Tamon Robinson was caught digging up paving stones at a housing complex in Brooklyn, N.Y., in April, and police started to chase the 23-year-old. When he was struck and killed by the police car during the chase, the front of the vehicle was dented, ABC station WABC-TV reported.

A letter was sent to Robinson late last month notifying him that the City of New York was seeking $710 for damage to a police car. His mother, Laverne Dobbinson, said she felt “disrespected” when she received the letter addressed to her late son.

“I was humiliated that they’re sending my son a letter for the car that killed him,” Dobbinson, 45, told the New York Times. “They killed him; let him rest in peace.”

The city has since apologized for the collection demand.

“We regret that Mr. Robinson’s family received a collection notice,” a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department said in a statement to Saturday. “The notice was sent in error. We recognize that this involves a tragic case.”

The letter was sent by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, a law firm that handles the collection effort for the city and police department. After they discovered Robinson had died, they “ceased collection,” the Times reported.

“We were not aware of the circumstances,” Christina Gonzalez, a lawyer for the firm, told the Times. “This type of receivable is not something we pursue when the alleged debtor is deceased.”

Dobbinson’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, has filed a notice that he will file a lawsuit seeking $20 million for the family because of “wrongful death.”

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Sep 222012

ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York police plan to arrest the man who deliberately leaped into a tiger’s den at the Bronx Zoo and sustained critical injuries after the 400-pound cat mauled him.

On Friday, David Villalobos, 25, jumped 17 feet off an electric monorail ride and over an electric fence into the tiger den, suffering bite wounds on his arms, legs shoulders and back, as well as a broken ankle and arm.

When investigators asked Villalobos about his baffling behavior, he said he wanted to “be one with the tiger” and that “everybody in life makes choices,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.

Villalobos will be charged with trespassing, Browne said.

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