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Jail time for stealing tot’s iPhone

Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Photo by Jefferson Siegel

Feliberto Ramirez, 53, right, was sentenced to one and a half to three years in prison on July 3 in Manhattan Supreme Court for stealing an iPhone from a child. Last March 10, Aidan Tally, 3, was playing a game on his mother’s phone as she shopped for shoes in Zacky’s clothing store, on Broadway near E. Fourth St. Aiden was engrossed playing “Subway Surfer” when Ramirez walked by and snatched the phone from him. Before leaving the store, Ramirez patted the boy’s head, said, “Thank you” and handed him $3. After the theft, Ninth Precinct Detective John Villanueva viewed surveillance video of the incident, which, he said, showed Ramirez taking the phone from the child. Police recovered the phone by using its GPS locator. Several days later they tracked Ramirez to the men’s shelter on the Bowery at E. Third St. Villanueva said Ramirez admitted to taking the phone and was then arrested. Ramirez previously had been arrested for theft and trespassing.