In a peculiar turn of events, thieves in Washington, D.C., returned a stolen phone to its owner simply because it wasn’t an iPhone. This bizarre incident, which unfolded during an armed robbery targeting a couple, revealed an unexpected aspect of criminal preferences.
Last month, a Washington, D.C., couple faced a traumatic experience when the husband, who had just completed work in the early morning, was robbed at gunpoint. As he returned to their apartment after parking the car for his wife, two armed individuals confronted him, stealing his belongings, car keys, and smartphone.
Remarkably, after stealing the possessions, the thieves took a moment to inspect the stolen phone. The woman recounted, “They looked at that phone and was like, ‘Oh, that’s an Android? We don’t want this. I thought it was an iPhone.'”
Despite the peculiar twist, the encounter lasted only seconds but profoundly impacted the woman’s life. She expressed the gravity of the situation, stating, “That was my income. That was the way I made money. I did Uber Eats and Instacart, so that was our livelihood.”
This incident highlights the unexpected consequences of criminal acts and the role technology preferences can play in such situations. The victims not only experienced the immediate trauma of a robbery but also faced a unique instance where their choice of smartphone spared them from further loss.
In a related event in California, thieves targeted a Gucci store, making off with $50,000 worth of goods in less than a minute. CCTV footage captured the crime, emphasizing businesses’ growing challenges in combating theft and criminal activities.