Cops Are Acting Drunk to Catch Gadget Thieves

By Mario Aguilar on at

Are you the type who likes to get sozzled and ride public transportation home late at night? Congratulations, you are a gadget thief's favorite target! The NYPost reports that New York's police department is training a new squadron of drunk-impersonators to bust them.

Here's the scenario: you suck down a few too many cocktails after work and next thing you know, it's closing time and you're an hour on the tube from wherever the hell in the stratosphere it is that you live. Must. Fight. Urge. To. Pass. Out. Zzzzzzzzzzzz…. Of course you pass out, and when you wake up five stops past home, your mobile, your tablet, your laptop, etc. is gone. How did they pry it from your freakishly small hands?

The NYPD is training "dozens" of officers to pose as bait for the late night culprits who would filch your pricey gadget while you ride the train home at your most vulnerable. There has been a 16 per cent increase in train thefts this year in NYC apparently; the result of more thieves going after smartphones and the like, according to the Post's sources. Who knows if it'll actually work, but if you want to save yourself a headache, don't drink so much -- oh, who are we kidding? Just get a black cab home. [NYPost]