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 – from NY Post

 A Brooklyn teen found a modern solution to an old-fashioned crime – she tracked down her cellphone mugger using MySpace, police said.

“He came from behind and snatched the phone from me – I chased him but I couldn’t catch up,” Yudelka Polanco, 16, told The Post.

It was 8:30 p.m. on a freezing Jan. 26. Polanco was tired, just coming home from a guitar lesson, and was carrying a large bookbag on Hooper and Hewes streets in Williamsburg. She had no chance of catching the young thief.

But although the Bushwick teen couldn’t physically run down her assailant, she was able to follow his electronic footprints.

About two weeks later, when she received the replacement to her stolen T-Mobile Sidekick Slide, one of the first messages she received revealed her attacker’s e-mail address.

“He had signed on to his e-mail with my SIM [subscriber identity module] card still in the phone,” said Polanco.

She turned on her computer and began her detective work.

“I put his e-mail address into MySpace – because nowadays everybody has MySpace,” she said.

“I found his picture, but it was a picture of him from the side, and I wanted police to have something better.”

So Polanco actually got another cute gal pal to start an online friendship with the mugger – who cops say is Victor Hernandez, 16. The friend was able to collect more pictures and information on him.

Having done most of the investigative work, Polanco went to cops with a plethora of pictures of the thug.

Miss NJ:  The best part of the story is her friend pretending to like the dude.  Be cool, stay in school, ’cause at least one benefit is you’ll know how to hunt down thieves.

BK Diva:  Ditto

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