News Manhattan Apple store employee gives $58,000 worth of iPhones to fake messenger, NYPD says A fake messenger stole iPhones from a Chelsea Apple store on Sept. 14, 2017, police said. Photo Credit: NYPD By Nicole Brown firstname.lastname@example.org @ncb417 Updated October 13, 2017 9:55 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email An Apple store employee handed over $58,000 worth of iPhones to a man pretending to be messenger in Manhattan, police said Friday. The man went into the store at West 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in Chelsea on Sept. 14 shortly after 9 a.m. He claimed to be a messenger there for a pickup, and the employee gave him three boxes of iPhones, according to police. The boxes had $58,000 worth of phones in them, cops said. recommended reading Major crime in New York City, 2009-2016 The suspect left the store and fled in a white Ford van with unknown license plates. The NYPD released surveillance footage Friday of him in the store. By Nicole Brown email@example.com @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.