iTunes Account Leads Police to High Street Robber

March 21, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A woman’s iTunes account led to the arrest of a homeless man whom police said robbed her of her pocketbook in the subway.

The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday about 1:15 p.m. at the Adams Street entrance to the High Street subway station in Downtown Brooklyn. She approached a police officer who was on foot patrol nearby and reported the incident. Police officers from the 84th Precinct began to canvass the area.

One officer, P.O. Benito Ocasio, asked the victim if he could access her iTunes account in order to track her iPhone, which had been in her pocketbook. As a result, according to police, cops tracked the phone to 111 Bridge St. in the Farragut Houses. When the officers were in the lobby, the suspect walked out of the stairway when the phone began to ring.

After the victim identified him, Brian Mack, 55, was arrested and charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and robbery, according to police.

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