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Cops say they have nabbed a thief who swiped two iPhones on consecutive days last week — but they couldn’t have done it without a brilliant open-field tackle by a witness.

In the first incident, the perp grabbed a new iPhone 4 from a 34-year-old woman on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Eighth Street at 10:40 pm on June 20 before fleeing into the subway station one block away.

The next day, the thief was at work again, this time on Seventh Avenue, sneaking up from behind a 29-year-old woman as she listened to music on the device at around 11 am.

The thief made his move near 10th Street, snatching the iPhone and darting westbound, where a heroic 35-year-old man tackled him and held him until authorities arrived.

Where: Seventh Avenue at 10th Street
Updated Jun. 28, 2011
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