A GANG of iPhone 4 thieves is on the prowl in Bishop’s Stortford, police have warned.
iPhone 4They are urging shoppers and workers to keep their valuables under wraps after six of the £400 smartphones were stolen in a spate of thefts from shops and other businesses in the town.
At Lords Property, the estate and letting agent in South Street, a receptionist’s iPhone was stolen after she was distracted by two eastern European women wearing headscarves.
They asked for directions, placed a map over the phone on the reception desk and then palmed the phone when they retrieved the map.
The theft happened between 2pm and 2.20pm on Tuesday last week.
On Saturday, two shops at opposite ends of the town were hit in the space of an hour. At Hopscotch Kids, in North Street, an iPhone was stolen from the counter between 11am and noon. And at All Occasions Party Shop, in Station Road, an iPhone was stolen shortly after midday after a sales assistant was distracted. Two eastern European men aged 20 to 30 are believed to be responsible for this theft.
In addition, a man’s iPhone was stolen from his jeans pocket at the Bacchus lounge bar in Anchor Street early on Sunday.
Sgt David Cooke, of Stortford police, warned: “There have been six recent offences where iPhones have been the target. I would urge shoppers to keep their valuables in their pockets and bags at all times.”
n A Samsung Galaxy mobile was stolen from behind the counter of Interstyle Fireplaces in The Dells, South Street, last Thursday at 10.30am.