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Alleged Apple AirPod Max Robbery Suspects Caught on Camera

Police say the Apple AirPod Max robbery suspects have struck at least 21 times.

Suspected Apple AirPod Max thieves caught on camera in New York City.

Alleged Apple AirPod Max Robbery Suspects Caught on Camera. Credit NYPD

The New York Police Department is actively pursuing a group of serial thieves who employ mopeds and Citi Bikes to snatch Apple AirPod Max over-ear headphones from unsuspecting pedestrians.

Operating mostly in pairs, though sometimes in groups of four, these thieves have struck 21 times in Manhattan and Queens since September, with the most recent incident occurring on January 18 in Astoria. During this latest robbery, a 16-year-old had his AirPod Max headphones forcibly taken while standing on Steinway Street. Valued at approximately $550, these headphones are a prime target for the thieves.

NYPD Capt. Tawee Theanthong highlighted the brazenness of the thieves, stating, “They will ride up on an unsuspecting victim and snatch their headphones right off their heads.” Surveillance images released by the police depict four suspects, often seen riding Citi Bikes and mopeds. Described as males with medium complexion, these individuals are believed to be between 20 and 30 years old.

Capt. Theanthong noted that while the NYPD is actively addressing the issue of illegal mopeds, tracking the stolen headphones has proven to be the primary challenge in the investigation. “These AirPods can be tracked, but they are savvy,” he remarked. “They know to turn them off or reset them after a steal and they do sell them again.”

Concerned citizens are now exercising increased vigilance. “A lot of these headphones have noise-canceling tech, so you’re not hearing things around you,” remarked Queens resident Kevin Douglas. “Just have to be aware.”

Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating these suspects. Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish speakers. Tips can also be submitted online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or via Twitter @NYPDTips.

Source: Eyewitness News ABC7NY

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