Cops make arrest in LIRR iPhone theft

MTA Police have made an arrest in the case of a woman who had her iPhone stolen on board a Long Island Rail Road train Thursday morning, a railroad spokesman said.

A woman aboard the 7:55 a.m. train from Penn Station to Port Washington reported her iPhone stolen, saying the suspect left the train at the Flushing-Main Street station, LIRR spokesman Sam Zambuto said. MTA Police held the eastbound train at Great Neck; the train was eventually canceled as police conducted interviews about the theft, Zambuto said.

Zambuto said Thursday afternoon that MTA Police, using a tracking application installed in the iPhone, recovered the device and arrested Mohammad Nasiri, 51, of Flushing, accusing him of possession of stolen property.

"The person who had the phone is not the person who stole the phone," Zambuto said.

The morning incident resulted in canceled trains on the Port Washington branch. Passengers were accommodated by later trains, Zambuto said.

The train where the theft took place was scheduled to arrive in Port Washington at 8:42 a.m. Instead, passengers were transferred to the 8:21 a.m. train from Penn Station and arrived in Port Washington at 9:08 a.m., Zambuto said.

The train that was held also is used as a turnaround train, and was scheduled to run from Great Neck at 8:58 a.m. and arrive at Penn Station at 9:34 a.m.

Because the police investigation forced the cancellation of the eastbound train, the westbound train also was canceled; passengers were forced to use the 8:45 a.m. train from Port Washington, which was operated with added stops.

With Alfonso A. Castillo

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