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CNN anchor robbed on Piedmont Avenue

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Updated: 5/05/2013 10:12 am
ATLANTA (WSB) -- Police are investigating after a CNN anchor says she was robbed of her iPhone in midtown.

Atlanta police said Carol Costello was talking on her cellphone while walking south in the 1100 block of Piedmont Avenue Thursday around 4:30 p.m.

That's when two teens ran up to her from behind and snatched her iPhone while she was talking on it. Police said the pair then ran south on Piedmont. Costello said she lost sight of the robbers but gave police a description of the one who snatched her phone.

He's described as a black male with dark skin, around 5 feet 8 inches tall. He is skinny with black, curly hair. The teen was wearing a light gray or light blue sweatshirt with thin dark blue stripes.

Costello put the following post on her Facebook page Friday at 6:03 a.m.:

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.
Hope you join me at 9 and 10 AM ES.


Anyone with information is being asked to call 911.
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