Apple headphones snatched off wearers' heads in New York

Police say at least 21 people have fallen prey to moped-riding thieves

New York police release video of suspects in alleged headphone theft

New York police release video of alleged headphone theft
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Listen up! At least 21 people in New York City have had their fancy Apple headphones stolen right off their heads by a roving gang of moped-riding bandits, police say.

The thefts started on January 28 and have typically involved four people on two mopeds riding up to victims from behind, snatching their Apple AirPods Max headphones and then speeding off. The noise-cancelling devices cost $549.

The sonic swipers have struck all over Manhattan, including one incident in Central Park, with victims ranging in age from 18 to 41, police said. The bulk of the thefts happened in mid to late afternoon. Five headphones were stolen on February 8 and eight were taken on February 18.

The thieves remain at large, and no arrests have been made.

Police this week released a photo of suspects riding mopeds and a video showing one of them getting off a moped carrying two AirPod Max headphones and walking into Washington Square Park.

Unlike AirPods and AirPods Pro, which are small and fit inside the ear, AirPods Max headphones rest over the ears and have an adjustable headband connecting the right and left sides.

Updated: February 27, 2023, 3:46 PM