Police warning after several mobile phone thefts in Thetford and Ingham
Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after four incidents of mobile phone theft by men using distraction techniques.
On Friday in Ingham a mobile phone was stolen, another mobile phone was taken last Monday from McDonald's in Thetford, two men asked members of the public for Euros whilst hiding the mobile phone under papers, they then took the papers along with the phone.
Another incident was also reported to police yesterday when a mobile phone was stolen from a hairdressers in Thetford, again involving two men distracting the victim by asking about hair products.
A further incident was reported today in Wymondham at around 12.25pm, an estate agents was targeted in the Market Place, by placing newspapers on a desk to cover the victim’s phone.
They started a conversation to distract the victim before removing the papers and taking the mobile phone as well.
In all incidents the men suspected of being involved were seen leaving the area in a dark coloured vehicle, possibly a BMW or a Mercedes.
Members of the public are reminded of the below advice in order to prevent becoming a victim of distraction theft:
- Busy, public areas such as shopping centres and public transport are popular places for distraction or pickpocket offences where people may be distracted or close contact with others is normal. Police are urging people to be aware of their surroundings.
- Keep your mobile phone hidden from view such as in an inside pocket, not hanging out of a back pocket, or inside a closed bag.
- Think about when you use your phone and who is around you.
- Don’t leave your phone unattended in public places.
Anyone with any information should contact the Breckland Engagement Officer, PC Paula Gilluley on 101 or by email on Paula.Gilluley@norfolk.pnn.police.uk