The NYPD said it believes that these are not random thefts, but the work of organized criminal networks that know iPhones, in particular, have an excellent resale value.
Now the police and local politicians want all pawnbrokers to keep electronic records of every iPhone they buy.
As Gothamist reports, 700 pawnbrokers have signed up to support the initiative. Some, though, are resisting. The National Pawnbrokers Association claims that such a law would suggest that all its customers are thieves. Worse is that the initiative is an invasion of customer privacy, the NPA said.