Suspected Harlem muggers accidentally send selfies to NYPD using stolen phone

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Two suspected Harlem muggers uploaded selfies to a robbery victim’s phone, accidentally sending the images to police.
Credit: DCPI

A pair of suspected robbers accidentally sent selfies to cops from a cellphone they stole during a string of muggings in Harlem last year, according to the NYPD.

Police said the two men stole the phone from an 18-year-old man by pretending to have a gun near Seventh Avenue and West 117th Street the night of Sept. 24.

The robbers later posed for selfies in black Lacoste hoodies. Police said the images were automatically uploaded from the stolen phone to the victim’s photo-sharing account.

The theft was tied to three other robberies in Harlem where the suspects acquired two more phones, money and a MetroCard, police said.

The first incident occurred in the early morning of July 29, when the suspects also pretended to have a gun and robbed a 55-year-old man as he was walking into his Central Harlem building. The men fled with his money and phone.

Later that day, the suspects, armed with a gun, demanded a 29-year-old man’s phone near Eighth Avenue and West 116th Street just after 11 p.m. The victim complied.

On Sept. 19, police said the suspects forcibly removed money and a MetroCard from a 17-year-old’s pocket near his home in Central Harlem.

No injuries were reported in any of the robberies, police said.

The suspects are described as black, between 18 and 23 years old and 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall.

Cops ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS, submit a tip online or text 274637(CRIMES), then enter TIP577.

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