Man tricks thief to get iPhone back

2013-01-06 13:58

New York - A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.

Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg says he left the phone in a livery cab on New Year's Eve. The next morning, the 27-year-old learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.

Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date - posing as a woman. He even posted a picture of a pretty girl.

When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer - just in case.

The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.

  • JohnDough - 2013-01-06 15:27

    $20 for a fruit? Things must be really bad in the USA.

      lydonmcg - 2013-01-06 15:39

      Almost as bad as your attempts at jokes...

  • mario.dippenaar - 2013-01-06 17:59

    “The $20 was also in case he has insane, I wanted to lead with a peace offering instead of a big confrontation/hammer. I could have easily kept the $20, his wine and probably his wallet, but I wanted it over as quickly as possible (whole thing lasted 10 seconds). Honestly I feel the $20 was an extra insult to him.“ The guy posted here:

  • kiran.jagmohan - 2013-01-06 18:00

    Thief? It says the owner left the phone in a cab. Wasn't "stolen" was it? Nonetheless most people wouldn't return the phone so good on him for getting it back.

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-06 20:27

    first dumb criminal of the year goes to............

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