‘Beats’ headphone thefts on the rise throughout NYC

The legendary rapper’s pricey, high-tech headphones, called “Beats by Dr. Dre,” are the new rage among bandits because they’re seen as “status symbols,” a police source said.

Although they have yet to dethrone the iPhone as thieves’ top target, the headphones — which retail for $300 to $500 — are being snatched from kids at an alarming rate since the latest model hit the market around Christmas.

“They’re very hot among thieves,” the source said. “It’s like, ‘I see it. I want it. I can have it. I’m taking it for me, or my sister needs a pair,’ ” the source said, adding that crooks also resell them.

The perps are beating up youths, threatening them, and, in some cases, brandishing weapons.

Uptown Manhattan and northern parts of Brooklyn have been hit hard.

In Brooklyn North alone — which includes Williamsburg — there have been dozens of “Beats” heists over the past four months.

Source: NY Post

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