Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Man arrested for robbing woman-Reminder safety Tips.

Transit Police/Raul Ortiz
On June 12, 2013 at approximately 12 pm a female victim had just stepped off an Orange Line train at Ruggles MBTA station. As she was walking on the platform a male approached her and forcefully grabbed her Apple iPhone 5 from her hand and fled out of the station via the Ruggles Street exit and towards Annunciation Road area. The victim was not injured during the robbery. On July 1, 2013 subsequent to an investigation Transit Police detectives arrested Raul Ortiz, 18 of Roxbury for Unarmed Robbery. Ortiz was brought to Transit Police HQ for the arrest booking process and is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court sometime today.
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The events listed above are allegations; All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  Unfortunately, thefts of smart phones/electronic devices (most notably Apple products) is a nationwide trend. This trend often referred to as "Apple Picking" is for the most part a crime of opportunity. However there are things you can do to minimize the chances of being victimized while traveling on the T. •If possible avoid using your phone while on the MBTA except in cases of emergency/reporting via SeeSay or 911 •Conceal expensive electronic equipment •Change the color of the ear buds, would be thieves look for the distinctive white ear plugs of Apple •Refrain from listening to music or wearing headphones while riding the system •Be aware of your surroundings at all times especially if you are using your electronic device •Be aware that most robberies of electronic devices occur near the train doors •Be alert for staged distractions

In the unfortunate event you are a victim DO NOT resist, things can be replaced. Try to stay calm, hand over your device and attempt to observe the physical characteristics of the perpetrator so you can describe him/her later. Contact the Transit Police as soon as possible (immediately if practicable) after the event and report the incident. Our detectives will work diligently to get your property back and apprehend the offender. Also, if you have not done so already please passcode protect your iPhone, enable Find My iPhone and lastly download a Remote Data Wipe for iPhone. For more information or tips to protect yourself call the Intelligence Unit at 617-222-1170. We have attached a short video produced and published by the New York City Police Department titled "ElectronicDevice Safety Tips".