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Police Nab Alleged Mobile Phone Snatcher

Police: Suspect swiped phone as victim ate dinner on restaurant patio.

Atlanta police arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him with theft by taking following an Aug. 28 snatch-and-run incident at in Inman Park.

The victim told police she was dining on the patio of the North Highland Avenue restaurant at around 8:30 p.m. when the suspect — Marvin Jackson — walked up the sidewalk, snatched her iPhone from the table and ran north.

A witness to the snatch-theft gave chase, running behind Jackson, who was wearing a black, Adidas-branded tee-shirt, black hat and pants.

That witness cornered Jackson, who told him he was not involved in the theft.

Moments later, police received a call from a North Highland Avenue resident who said three men ran through his yard and jumped his fence and were headed toward Freedom Park.

Police found Jackson, who was with another man, on Washita Avenue at Freedom Park.

Though the iPhone was not recovered, the victim identified Jackson as the thief, police said.

John Wolfinger August 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Please keep your electronic gadgets, as well as purses and wallets, hidden away when not in use and do NOT leave them on a sidewalk cafe table. Unfortunately, this is an open invitation to experience the loss of these items. Being as street-smart as the thieves amongst us helps to prevent a lot of problems.
Tomathy August 30, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Shouldn't we be able to enjoy a meal without having to "hide" electronic items?
Sheep Dog August 30, 2012 at 02:25 PM
@Tomathy, yes!... In a utopia :) Wake up and smell the coffee. You live in an inner city urban environment. Leaving your phone out on a table that is outside on the sidewalk is as dumb as it gets.
Péralte Paul (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I don't think it's about hiding, Tomathy. It's about lowering the likelihood of something happening since we know smartphones are things that crooks have been looking to steal.
Tomathy August 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
She did not "leave it out" on the table. She were dining on the patio. You act like it is their fault it got stolen, when the ENTIRE problem is caused by this scum walking the streets and stealing anything that isn't tied down. Don't you realize the impact these thieves are having on your quality of life and freedom?
Brett September 01, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I agree with you entirely Tomathy. I believe in 0 tolerance for those that prey on others, and would like to see more measures taken to ensure the safety of the public. The problem is that would require more police presence, more money, more taxes, etc.
Tomathy September 04, 2012 at 01:57 PM
We don't need more cops, we need less criminals.
Rodney September 06, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I agree with Sheep Dog and John Wolfinger on this one . Would you be counting your 100 dollar bills out on the side walk? I have seen people who got up and walk away from their lap tops. When they returned their lap top was gone this has got to be a dumb person to do that. Out of sight out of mind.
Rebecca M September 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
It boils down to personal responsibility and etiquette. Personal responsibility means that you take responsibility for your actions (eg. leaving your iPhone on the table in an outdoor dinging area) and etiquette says that the iPhone and other distracting gadgets should be put away during a setting where interactions require other distractions to be removed. Too many people want others to take care of them and aren't willing to take responsibility for themselves. This world has changed and you have all the rights to protect yourself and your gadgets... and to do so, you must be personally responsible for your own stuff.
Tomathy September 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
What about the personal responsibility and ettiquette of the IPHONE SNATCHER? You all need to stop blaming the victims, and giving the perps excuses.... Its probably why your area is being targeted.
Rebecca M September 10, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I'm not blaming either party per se, I'm just saying that if you know they're out there, why put your items at risk? Clearly, the snatchers have no responsibility and obviously don't care about you or your property. Predators want 1-3 things - Your Property, Your Body, Your Life - what you about that is your decision. Since I don't trust people, I'm not leaving my Android on a table in a highly trafficked are where things can easily be taken - that is me taking responsibility. Too many people out there want to blame everyone else but themselves for their own actions. It all starts with our own actions that will incur other actions after that. But, I'm not here to change minds or to teach people. I'm just offering up another viewpoint the many people seem to forget. What was the initial action that created the process of events? How can we learn from that so that we can be safer as well as protect our property? We need to stop looking at the end result and think about how it started. When we can do that, we can learn from our and others mistakes and create and follow a personal protocol that can inevitably stop or reduce these types of thefts. What did I learn? Don't leave my phone or other shiny neat things on a table where it is in easy reach of a potential thief. Better yet, leave it hidden in the car.
Nicoli Berishnikov October 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Screw all that deleted my post. JACK BOYZ YOU STUPID IDOITS!!!

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