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Two arrests made in city centre distraction theft cases

June 9, 2021
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Police have made two arrests as part of investigations into a series of distraction thefts.

Last week, Nottinghamshire Police called for the public to remain vigilant following a rise in the number of distraction thefts targeting mobile phones in Nottingham city centre.

Yesterday (Tuesday 8 June 2021), a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft in after a report that a man had approached a victim while distracting them with a piece of paper.

The victim, who was sat with a friend outside a coffee shop in the city centre, is believed to have had her phone stolen while the man distracted her. Police made the arrest after making initial enquiries into the incident.

It comes after a 27-year-old man was detained last week on suspicion of theft in connection with multiple incidents, he has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Despite the positive work, police in the city centre are still encouraging members of the public to be wary when it comes to distraction theft.

Chief Inspector Kathryn Craner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "We are pleased to have made arrests as part of our investigations into multiple reports of distraction theft but we are still making enquiries.

"Good police work led to the arrest of a suspect after a report of a theft was made to police yesterday but that does not mean distraction theft is no longer an issue.

"Mobile phones are not just incredibly valuable but they often contain personal information such as card details, logins to online stores and passwords to social media accounts.

“It is understandable that people have their phones on tables while out with friends but this leaves it in a vulnerable position that can easily be targeted for distraction thieves.

“Please continue to be cautious and consider the potential vulnerability of your devices while out in the city.

“Be wary of people who approach you while holding a large map or piece of paper as this can be used to place over the top of your device while a suspect speaks to you.

“The most important ask from the police is that if you see someone acting suspiciously report it to us as soon as you can on 101 or 999 in an emergency.” 

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