The police are looking for an apparently very persuasive man who showed a fake police badge to a Midtown subway traveler and got him to hand over his cellphone.
Security video released by the police on Tuesday shows the thief talking with his victim for a good 30 seconds after having already relieved him of his phone before the video begins. He appears to be explaining something.
The theft was around 8 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the 34th Street station on Eighth Avenue, the police said. After displaying the badge, the police said, the man asked the traveler to show him some identification and to hand over his phone, and the man complied.
At the turnstile, the police said, the man told the victim to go ahead, swipe his MetroCard and enter the station. The man then ran up the stairs and fled. The police have asked anyone with information about the crime to contact Crime Stoppers.
The police’s public information office said it did not know what the thief and his victim were saying to each other in the video. This is where you, dear reader, come in. Please send us the dialogue you imagine taking place between these two people. Keep it family-friendly, please. Thanks!