On Monday, we posted a few reports from the weekend’s crime blotter and made reference to an incident at 15th and Pine Friday night that we were still looking for more information on. Turns out, the victim in the incident saw our note and shared details of the theft — and some advice she earned the hard way after losing her iPhone and badly scraping up her hands in a fall trying to chase the suspect. Thanks for the note — and reminder, J, to be a little more careful with how much screen time we log on the streets:
I saw that you were looking into the crime on 15th & Pine on Friday night and I’m certain that the victim was me.
I was standing at the bus stop and looking at my phone before turning in for the night. A hooded guy ran past and relieved me of it, running North. It was about 11pm, and there were loads of people around. There were about 10 witnesses that gave statements. He was very very fast. I ran after him and (I blame the footwear), I took quite a fall and mucked up my hands pretty good in the pursuit.
It’s important to remember, I unfortunately found, that sporting an expensive iPhone while standing alone, engrossed in email, isn’t the best idea. He pulled no weapon, nor made any threat. He just…swiped it.
Hope this helps. It’s a good reminder of awareness – which, sucks, because I was standing in front of my own home. I feel like I’m pretty aware when walking around, but had my guard down because of where I was.