Boston police are trying a new tactic as they battle the rising number of cellphone robberies: cracking down on stores that buy and sell used cellphones, reports the Boston Globe. A particular type of cellphone, the Sidekick, has become a favorite target of robbers. More than 300 Sidekick robberies were reported last year, accounting for about 14 percent of all of the city’s robberies.
Police said that a school unit was working to raise awareness among students. The phones are popular with teenagers and college students. A large number of the robberies happened after the teenagers left their schools at the end of the day. “I sell used phones, but not stolen phones.” said the owner of a business targeted by police.