CCTV footage shows the thieves targeting mobile phone users in the street
CCTV cameras have captured alarming footage of a couple of moped riding thieves trying to steal mobile phones out of people’s hands as they walk the streets of London.
Four people were targeted by the thieves within a few minutes of each other, all of which were caught on CCTV.
Two thieves riding mopeds swiped a phone from a man’s hands on Sun Street but dropped it on the floor. The owner of the phone retrieved it.
Moments later, the two thieves snatched a phone from another person on the same street and rode off with it. Seconds later, the bikers are spotted on Primrose Street, where they attempt to snatch a phone from a woman who was using it at the time but were unsuccessful.
Not satisfied with just one phone, they cross the road and target another person with a mobile phone at the Bishopsgate junction and ride off.
The crime spree started on Thursday, December 29 at around 6pm, say the police.
A number of similar incidents across the City of London have been reported over the festive season. Police are warning mobile phone users to stay alert whilst using them, as they could be targeted by these thieves in a matter of seconds.
“The City of London Police is continuing to target this trend as part of Operation Attrition,” said a spokesman from the City of London Police.
The police have issued the CCTV footage to show phone users what these moped riding thieves are willing to do to to get hold of your phone.
Anyone with information, or who might recognise anyone in the CCTV footage, is urged to contact the City of London Police on 020 7601 2999, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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