The Digital Edge
|Zach Pontz||July 5th 2013|
The story of a 24-year-old Jewish woman being robbed in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y. got a lot of attention on The Algemeiner website earlier this week, not in small part because of the unique method by which the assailants were eventually captured.
In an interview with The Algemeiner â€œSarahâ€â€”as weâ€™ll refer to her, said from the outset that the two girls, only 16 and 15, appeared to be up to no good. â€œAbout halfway down the block from my house I saw two girls behind me and I was suspicious but I just kept walking. I started to feel really uncomfortable so I decided to pop over to the other side of the street. As I was crossing the street they grabbed my ponytail and shoved me to the ground. I fell on my hands and knees and they grabbed my cell phone, which was in my hand, and ran,â€ she relayed.
More concerned with her own welfare, she thought little of her lost Apple iPhone until the following day, when, taking advantage of her sisterâ€™s iMessage app â€” which allows iPhone owners access to text messages through a computer â€” she was made aware that the thief was texting out crude messages and images to her contacts. â€œYou canâ€™t even print what she was sending,â€ Sarah told the Algemeiner. â€œFortunately I could follow what she was sending to people and so was able to go onto Facebook and let those people know that my phone had been stolen.â€
This is where the story gets interesting.
â€œI didnâ€™t care so much about the phone but I definitely wanted to let these girls know that it was not OK to do what they did,â€ Sarah told The Algemeiner. So she decided to set up a sting. She had a friend message her phone saying that she wanted to make a delivery to the tune of $850 that evening. The two girls responded to the message, telling Sarahâ€™s friend that they would pick it up as Sarah would be busy.
Of course, Sarah arrived at the meeting with undercover detectives, who arrested the girls on-sight. â€œThey didnâ€™t really react. They sort of realized what was happening and accepted it,â€ Sarah told The Algemeiner. The 15 year-old was released to her parents but the 16 year-old was arrested and is expected to receive probation. As for any precautions Sarah might take in the future? â€œI want to get mace, definitelyâ€”and also therapy. Iâ€™m like a lunatic now after this.â€