By Rachel Holliday Smith – DNAInfo.com
Police are looking for a group of thieves who swiped some high-tech scooters in the neighborhood last week.
Three men approached three teen boys who were riding motorized hoverboards on Eastern Parkway, between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues, in Crown Heights around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, police said.
The suspects asked the boys — ages 14 and 15 — to see the hoverboards, the victims told police. When the teens refused, the men punched them and took the three scooter-like devices, worth approximately $1,700 in total.
The suspects then fled in a gray minivan eastbound on the Eastern Parkway service road, police said.
Recently, the hands-free scooters, which retail for between $200 and $1000, have recently been spotted all over the city.
This is not the first hoverboard robbery reported in Crown Heights. In August, a 24-year-old man was robbed of two of the devices on Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue by a buyer from Craigslist, according to a police report.
In September, a teenager was punched and robbed of one of the devices, worth $350, in the Financial District.