A CNN anchor was robbed on Thursday when she was walking in Atlanta's midtown section around 4:30 p.m. Her iPhone, which was in her hand as she was strolling down a street, was grabbed by a thief passing by and stolen right from her palm!
Atlanta police tell WSB-TV that CNN anchor Carol Costello was robbed when talking on the phone and walking down Piedmont Avenue when teenagers ran up from behind and grabbed her phone. When the CNN anchor tried to fight back with one of the suspects, he pulled out a chunk of her hair and she let go.
The CNN anchor that was robbed posted on her Facebook page to say that she struggled with one of the suspects before he pulled out her hair. "As he ran down the street, laughing, I hurled a few expletives his way," Carol Costello wrote. "I felt no fear at the time, I was just angry. Now I'm angry, shaken and sad. What a lousy life those kids have ahead of them."
"I was walking down a beautiful, leafy Atlanta street, talking on my iPhone when three teenagers ran up behind me. One of them grabbed my iPhone. Stupidly I struggled to hold onto it. But, he was a big guy. And he pulled out a chunk of my hair. I let go," the robbed CNN anchor wrote.
The robbed CNN anchor isn't the only one to encounter this particular type of crime. "Cities across the country are on alert as officials warn of an uptick in stolen Apple products, dubbed 'Apple picking' where thieves steal iPhones, wipe them clean and sell them for up to one thousand bucks," reported ABC News.
The CNN anchor who was robbed also warned her readers that 'Apple picking' could happen to them. "So, a warning for you. Do not talk on your iPhone as you walk down the street. Oh, and let go of the stupid device if someone tries to steal it," Carol Costello advised.
Police also advise that 'Apple picking' could take a different form. Wearing the white iPhone earbuds at night-time make walkers a target for thieves. Hwangbum Yang was a 26-year-old Korean immigrant who worked at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he was walking home from work around midnight on April 19, 2012, a man approached him two blocks from his home and demanded his iPhone.
When Yang refused, the man (later identified as Dominick Davis) shot him once in the chest and Yang died on the sidewalk. He was still wearing the tell-tale white Apple iPhone earbuds when paramedics arrived. Davis had left his wallet, but had taken his iPhone. Authorities discovered the iPhone for sale on Craigslist later for $400.
Dominick Davis and his alleged accomplice Alejandro Campos have been charged with murder and are awaiting trial in jail on Rikers Island. The two suspects are pleading not guilty. "If my son never had an iPhone," the victim's mother lamented in an interview, "he would be alive now."
No arrests have been made in the robbery of the CNN anchor's iPhone at this time. However, police have released a description of the teen who is suspected to have robbed her. The teenager is described as a black male with dark skin, around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He is skinny with black, curly hair and he was wearing a light gray or light blue sweatshirt that had think dark blue stripes at the time.