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Girl admits distraction mobile phone theft series

Alert message sent 05/06/2018 15:14:00

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A 17-year-old girl has admitted ten counts of mobile phone thefts in the city centre.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (30 May) in connection with the offences, which took place between 11 March and 25 May.

In most cases, the girl approached people who had mobile phones on the table at restaurants and cafes and distracted them while putting a map, newspaper or magazine on the table. When she left the victims realised their phones had been taken.

She was released on conditional bail - including an exclusion from the city centre - and will appear again at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on 20 June for sentencing.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dragos Mihai, of Edward Avenue, Bobbers Mill, has also been charged with a mobile phone theft in the city centre on 18 May and is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8 June.

Officers are warning people to be vigilant when using thier mobile phones in public places.

City Centre Neighbourhood Inspector Anwaar Ahmed said: "As part of their day-to-day policing, our officers in the city centre have become aware of a recent trend of distraction-style mobile phone thefts.

"We are using a number of tactics to proactively tackle this issue and the two recent arrests are a reflection of this. At a time when more people are out socialising in the city centre in the warmer weather and enjoying the bars, restaurants and cafes, our advice is to stay vigilant, as always, and never leave your phone unattended.

"Don’t draw attention to your phone by leaving it on view on tables in pubs, cafes and restaurants. A tactic used by thieves is to place newspapers or other items over the phone and scoop it up. They sometimes distract phone owners by asking for directions and taking the phone when they are not looking.

"We would also advise people not to leave your phone unattended in coat pockets or bags."

For more mobile phone safety advice, visit https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/phone

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Holly Knebel (Police, Staff, Nottinghamshire)

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