BUFFALO, N.Y. - A local college is sending out a warning about someone or a group of people snatching iPhones near campus.
Security at D'Youville College say the thefts have occurred over the last week and happened to people just off campus.
"It's a crime of opportunity, they see you distracted on a cell phone, walking and talking and not paying attention to your surroundings, they're going to try to grab your phone," said Jeremy Smith, the director of security with D'Youville College.
In the past ten days, two D'Youville students, one woman and one man say they had their iPhones taken. Then, someone who doesn't go to the college says they had their phone taken too.
Security at the school say each time a young man rode up on a bike and asked the iPhone owner, if they could make a call. The owner says okay, hands over the phone and then the thief takes off on a bike.
"I believe it's a different person, the descriptions given were different, one involved an African American male, the other involved a Hispanic male, but the way the crimes were committed were very similar," said Smith.
The first incident happened on Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the late morning, a block from campus on Prospect Avenue. D'Youville says a male student in his car was approached by a Hispanic man on an orange mountain bike and had his cell phone stolen.
The second incident was on Monday, Sept, 9, in the early afternoon, on Fargo and Vermont or Fargo and Rhode Island. The college says a woman walking in the neighborhood, was approached by a man on a mountain bike and had her phone taken.
The third incident happened on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in the late morning on Fargo and West Avenue, where a female student walking to her vehicle, was approached by an African American man on a black and silver mountain bike.
D'Youville has a description of the thief in the first and third robberies.
On Thursday, security sent students and faculty an email about the iPhone thefts. The college doesn't know if the three incidents are connected, but we do know the college has added more security officers to patrol campus.
D'Youville security doesn't know if the two suspects are working together or even if they know each other. The college also believes the thieves are taking the cell phones in order to sell them. Police say it's critical; if you have your phone stolen, report it immediately to both police and your cell service provider. With iPhones, there's a way to track your phone with iCloud, using a computer.
D'Youville says there are suspects on video, we're checking with Buffalo Police to see if they will release any video or photos.