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iPhone Thieves Refuse to Take Droids and BlackBerries From Victims

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Though the recession didn't produce an uptick in crime as many analysts feared, New York City has experienced an increase in smartphone theft. Petty thugs have been targeting iPhone (AAPL), Android (GOOG), BlackBerry (RIMM), and Windows Phone (MSFT) users, who are vacantly staring into their gadget with no awareness of their surroundings. (In other words, all of us.) Thieves also take advantage of rush hour on subway lines and snatch up smartphones amidst the confusion.

Although this type of theft would imply an indiscriminate snatch-and-run crime, there were two robbers in New York who showed a preference for the type of smartphone they stole.

According to a report by Katy Tur for NBC New York, two thugs shook down Columbia students for their iPhones, but actually refused to take the Droids and BlackBerries and demanded cash instead.

One Columbia student remarked, "I think it speaks to the resale value of an iPhone." Another student, rivaling the delusion of RIM's co-CEOs, said, "It's insulting they don't want my BlackBerry."

Wonder if there's enough room in Waterloo's top office for three.

(See also: Nokia: Kids Are Tired of iPhone, Confused by Android and Google Engineer Calls Google+ a Complete Failure)

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