In February, the New York Observer reported quoted a bitcoin dealer named Dean Katz, who described how he had been robbed at gunpoint by a man in Queens who had arranged to meet him to buy bitcoin so the man could gamble on the Super Bowl. Katz said he was forced to transfer $8,500 worth of bitcoin and also was robbed of $3,500 in cash.
New York police on Friday gave additional details about that Jan. 22 robbery of Katz. They said he entered a car containing two other men at about 1:50 a.m. that morning to complete the sale.
"He was held at gunpoint and the suspects requested his Samsung phone and money," police said. Katz then got out of the car, and the suspects fled, cops said.
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No arrests have been made in Katz's case.
Katz also told the Observer he has heard from other bitcoin traders about additional strong-arm robberies of the digital currency as well as the use of counterfeit cash to buy bitcoin.
The Observer article said that a New York City firefighter had been stabbed during a robbery of bitcoins that he had agreed to sell. But police on Friday told CNBC that that robbery, which occurred on Feb. 9, "is not bitcoin related." The firefighter's credit card and PIN number were stolen, and he was stabbed in the arm, police said.