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Saturday, March 2, 2013
People in Norwich are being warned to be aware of a phone theft con following a spate of similar distraction thefts.
In the last three weeks four people have had their mobile phones stolen after they were distracted by a man waving or handing out leaflets.
The first theft took place at a bar in Queen Street at around 6.10pm on Friday, February 15, when a woman was with a group of friends and a man approached her as he was giving out leaflets. A short time later the woman noticed her Apple iPhone was missing from her table.
The next theft took place between 10pm and 11pm on Friday, February 22 at a different bar in Queen Street, when a woman had her white Blackberry Bold 9780 taken from her table.
The latest two thefts took place on Saturday, February 23. The first at around 3.45pm when the victim spotted a white man with short dark hair and aged in his 30s showing leaflets to customers. The man left a leaflet on the victim’s table and a short time later the man noticed his Apple iPhone was missing.
The thief was described as wearing white trainers, blue jeans and a dark jacket.
While later the same day between 4.30pm and 5pm a man entered a cafe in St Benedict’s Street, again offering leaflets to customers, and a short time later she discovered her black Apple iPhone was missing.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.