EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (PIX11) — A thief snatched a 12-year-old girl’s cellphone out of her hand as she was walking to school in the East Village, police said Tuesday.
The victim was talking on her phone as she walked near the Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle Charter School on East 11th Street near Avenue A around 7:45 a.m. Monday, when the crook ripped the device from her hand and ran off, officials said. The girl was not injured, according to authorities.
A short time later, the thief tried to sell the phone to another man, 38, who called the police after determining that the device was stolen, officials said. Responding officers recovered the phone.
Police arrested a suspect later Tuesday. Mohamed Elhadramy, 29, of New York, was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.