How to avoid a ‘pocket’ operation in the Amazon Echo device
New York City police say they have arrested more than 30 people in a sting operation targeting “pocket operators” who are “pushing the envelope” with smart devices.
Police say the operation began when a woman called in a tip about a man who was buying items online from the Echo device on her behalf.
The woman then got into an altercation with the man.
When the woman called the police, they arrested 30 people, said Lt.
Police are calling the arrests “groundbreaking” and “a step toward a better understanding of what constitutes a pocket operation,” according to a statement.
Police have been tracking “pocket” devices on Amazon since at least the summer of 2016, but this is the first time that police have used this type of undercover tactic.
According to the New York Times, a woman using the name “Jennifer” purchased a smart home product from Amazon in November 2017 and had it delivered to her home on November 2.
After the product was delivered, Jennifer called police and reported that she had received a package containing a smart thermostat, a home security system, a speaker, and a smart watch, according to police.
She later called police again and told them she had been charged with a “possession of a stolen property” after she had allegedly stolen a $500,000 home.
Jennifer said she had purchased the home security device, the smart therampot, and the speaker from Amazon.
She said she used the smart watch to track the temperature of the room.
Police arrested Jennifer and charged her with a felony count of possessing a stolen personal property, a felony for which she could face up to 15 years in prison.
Jennifer also had a criminal record, according in the statement.
The New York Police Department did not say if Jennifer is a woman or a man.
The woman in the video was identified as Jessica.
She was charged with two counts of felony possession of stolen property.
The case has been turned over to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.