June 12, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
Thieves robbed a total of 33 Uber and Lyft drivers in the past two months by taking the victims’ phones and transferring funds into their own accounts, police said.
Three men targeted the Uber and Lyft drivers across the city between April 3 and June 3, according to police.
The thieves asked to use the drivers’ phones to change the destination of their trip, claiming their phones weren’t working.
The unidentified individuals, once in possession of a phone, would access the drivers’ accounts and transfer funds out of them into unknown accounts.
In several incidents the individuals removed the phones by threat of force.
Police have video surveillance of one of the suspects in the vicinity of 39th Avenue and 30th Street in the Astoria/Long Island City area.
Police describe all three suspects as being black, and between the ages of 16 and 25.
The first suspect was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, a multicolored hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans.
The second man was last seen wearing a backwards black baseball hat and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The third individual was last seen wearing a black du-rag, black sweatshirt, and headphones.
Anyone with information in regards to the identity of these individuals is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).