Minneapolis police report series of smartphone snatchings
- Star Tribune
- January 31, 2012 - 10:36 PM
Thieves are stealing smartphones at a troubling pace in Minneapolis, sometimes snatching them out of people's hands as they're walking or waiting for a bus, police say.
The thefts are occurring citywide, but police Monday made special mention of the southwest part of Minneapolis. In that area, which includes the popular Chain of Lakes and Uptown entertainment district, almost all of the thefts have been between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.
Police say the victims are often using their phones at the time, leaving them distracted from their surroundings.
Some thieves have taken phones that are left on tables in a bar, coffee shop or restaurant.
Police say there are ways to protect yourself:
• Pay attention to your surroundings.
• Call 911 and be available to give police a suspect description.
• Record your serial number and provide it for a police report. This will improve the chances that the phone will be recovered.
• Install or activate a function to find your phone if it's lost or stolen.
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