iPhones drive increase in Denver violent crimes

FBI data shows rise in crime overall

DENVER - Denver saw an increase in violent crime last year that police say was partially caused by a craving for iPhones.

According to the Denver Post, violent crime went up 12.7 percent in 2011.

Street stickups in particular increased, and after police looked more closely at the statistics, they found that of 1,143 robberies reported in 2011; 83 were committed by juveniles looking for iPhones, the newspaper reported.

According to data from the FBI, overall violent crime in the U.S. dropped last year.

However, Denver logged spikes in nearly every major crime category, according to the data released this week.

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