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July 4, 2013 3:13 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Woman Explains How She Outsmarted Her Muggers With Sting Operation (INTERVIEW)

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The Apple iPhone.

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  “Sarah”—as we’ll refer to her,  said from the outset that the two girls, only 16 and 15, appeared to be up to no good.

“About 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,” 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 sister’s iMessage app — which allows iPhone owners access to text messages through a computer — she was made aware that the thief was texting out crude messages and images to her contacts.

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“You can’t even print what she was sending,” Sarah told the Algemeiner. “Fortunately 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.”

This is where the story gets interesting.

“I didn’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,” 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 Sarah’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.

“They didn’t really react. They sort of realized what was happening and accepted it,” 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? “I want to get mace, definitely—and also therapy. I’m like a lunatic now after this.”

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  • Mel

    For how long will Jews continue to re-elect politicians who refuse to sponsor bills to lower the legal age of personal respnsibility to something real, like 12?

    ‘Constituent Service’ is defined as politicians rushing to rescue us from situations they themselves created. Most expect to be adulated by voters who cannot add 1 and 1 without getting 7 (another situation they created).

    How sad the days of Tar and Feathers have been outlawed!

  • Mel Sherwood

    Gee, from the article one might assume she was mugged by two Jewish girls. Of course just the mention of Crown Heights makes it clear it’s just one more attack by African-Americans of innocent Jewish people. For how many decades are the Jews of Brooklyn, New York and the rest of the country willing to tolerate the abuse of these hateful anti-Semites?

  • I am visiting NY -have relations in Queens- in a few weeks times from UK- could the general identity of these 2 assailants be known ?