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Phone thief tricked with dating app

A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.

Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg says he left the mobile phone in a livery cab on New Year's Eve.

The next morning, the 27-year-old learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.

Mr Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date - posing as a woman. He even posted a picture of a pretty girl.

When the culprit arrived at Mr Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment building with wine, the musician greeted him with a 20 dollar bill while holding a hammer - just in case.

The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.

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