Police: Citywide robbery, grand larceny pattern continuesPosted: Updated:
Continuous robberies of cab drivers have put many on edge after dozens have become victims.
A cab driver of 24 years thought he was doing his passenger a favor when he says one of two young men he picked up through Lyft asked to use his phone back in May. When the driver went to the bank two days later, $223 dollars were mysteriously missing from his account.
The driver never reported the theft to police, but the NYPD is investigating at least 42 similar incidents since April. Police are calling it a citywide robbery and grand larceny pattern.
Multiple suspects will request rides through apps and are accused of asking to use and then take a driver's phone or tablet. They then transfer money and sometimes hundreds of dollars at a time out of the driver's accounts.
In light of these thefts, the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers is calling on ride-sharing companies to step up safeguards for those behind the wheel.
In a statement, a Lyft spokesperson says,"We have sent notifications to all New York City Lyft drivers warning them of this criminal behavior, strengthened in-app account security measures, and have been in touch with the NYPD to assist them as they work to find the culprits of these crimes."