Crook steals, sells phone before arrest

Crooks can snag lightening-quick cash for iPhones in The City.

On Nov. 12 around 5:30 p.m., a crook robbed one of the devices from a man at Larkin and Grove streets and then managed to sell the phone before cops caught him only a few blocks away, police said.

He was a “strange-looking” thug who told the victim, who was walking toward a Muni stop, to give up his iPhone or he would “bust his head open,” police said.

The suspect walked away with the phone, heading on Grove Street toward Market.

“The suspect didn’t make it very far as he was stopped by officers from the Market Street foot beat,” police said. “The suspect had managed to sell the phone on the street in the short time.”

The victim positively identified the thug, who was charged with robbery and making threats, police said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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