CNN anchor Carol Costello, left, and talk show host Joy Behar, right, flank CNN host Erin Burnett at the party launching her new show "Erin Burnett Outfront," Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
Atlanta police are investigating after a CNN anchor reported that her iPhone was snatched from her hand as she strolled down a street in the city's midtown section.
Police tell WSB-TV that Carol Costello was talking on the phone while walking around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when two teenagers ran up behind her and grabbed the phone.
Costello said in a detailed post on her Facebook page that she "stupidly" struggled with one suspect as she tried to keep her phone, but he pulled out a chunk of her hair and she let go.
She described the assailant, according to WSB-TV, as a skinny black male with curly hair, standing around 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Here is the full text of Costello's post:
Good Morning. In retrospect, what happened to me yesterday is insignificant in light of what happened in the Boston.
Still, I feel the need to vent. And isn't that what friends are for?
I was robbed.
And I am angry.
I was walking down a beautiful, leafy Atlanta street, talking on my IPhone.
Guess what happened next?
Three teenagers ran up behind me. One of them grabbed my IPhone. Stupidly I struggled to hold on-to it. But, he was a big guy. And he pulled out a chunk my hair.
I let go.
As he ran down the street, laughing, I hurled a few expletives his way.
I felt no fear at the time, I was just angry. Now I'm angry, shaken and sad. What a lousy life those kids have ahead of them.
Turns out, according to ABC news: "cities across the country are on alert as officials warn of an uptick in stolen Apple products, dubbed “Apple picking.”
Thieves steal IPhones, wipe them clean, then sell them for up to one-thousand bucks.
So, a warning for you. Do not talk on your IPhone as you walk down the street.
Oh, and let go of the stupid device if someone tries to steal it...
According to police, no arrests have been made at this time.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.