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A bicycling-riding thief snatched property from the hands of three unsuspecting pedestrians in an 80-minute span in Georgetown Tuesday afternoon.
D.C. Police say all three incidents involved a bicyclist approaching people and simply grabbing the victim's iPhone or wallet.
The first happened 5:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Wisconsin Avenue, on the north end of Georgetown. A woman holding her wallet had it ripped from her hands when a thief approached on his bicycle and grabbed it from her before riding off.
He was wearing a bright yellow jacket with dark pants, and riding a bike of the type that youth would ride, the victim said, because the bike had pegs in the rear wheel axle.
About 50 minutes later, a suspect with a similar description -- but without the bright yellow jacket -- attempted to grab a man's iPhone in the 3500 block of R Street. The victim fought back, grabbing the wheel of the thief's bicycle, flipping him off the bike and causing him to drop the phone. The victim got his phone back and the thief rode off.
A few blocks away, just 10 minutes later, a bicyclist snatched an iPhone from a woman at a bus stop near the intersection of Thomas Jefferson and M streets. He was last seen riding east on K Street headed out of the neighborhood.
Police are asking people to pay attention to their surroundings while out and to make sure their personal property is secured. Anyone with any information about these crimes is asked to contact authorities at 202-730-1903 or 202-727-9099.