Investigators search for serial phone robber

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

Police release a sketch of the man they say is responsible of several iPhone thefts across the Atlanta area.

ATLANTA,None - Police are investigating whether the man who pulled a gun on two women to steal an iPhone last Sunday is responsible for other armed robberies, one as recent as Friday.

Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri talked to investigators about why they believe it's the same person.

Police Viteri in that recent robbery a woman was walking through Inman Park when two men walked up to her. One of the men pointed a gun at her. Investigators said this crime is very similar to other crimes in the area.

The women asked not to be identified.

Viteri first talked with them last week after they said a man pointed a gun at them and stole one of their iPhones in a parking lot off McLendon Avenue on Nov. 20.

"Thinking you're going to die and that incredible shock when he pulls out a gun at you," one of the victims said.

"It could have been so much worse and he's still out there," they said.

The women met with a GBI sketch artist Tuesday to develop a drawing of the man. Investigator Darrin Smith said the story matches that of a woman robbed Friday evening in Inman Park.


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"Same description was given out on the male suspect. He also had a gun as well, and I believe he stuck that in the victim's chest and poked her a few times in the chest," Smith said.

According to the police report, the woman was walking on Euclid Avenue when one of two men pointed a handgun at her. She told police he took her bag, which had cash, an iPhone and an iPod.

Smith said the phones are a challenge for investigators to find. He said even with popular tracking applications, some phones will only give off a general location.

"Which makes it a little more difficult for us if it's an apartment complex or a busy street. It's hard to determine where exactly that phone will be," Smith said.

The women told Viteri the phone is gone. But they want to keep this man from doing this to someone else.

"We're going to find this guy and we're not going to give up until we do," they said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.


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