Police warn of distraction thefts in Angus

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Police Scotland is advising the public to be aware of their personal belongings following reports of distraction thefts in Angus.

A 25 year old woman had her Samsung Galaxy mobile stolen whilst distracted at a business premises in High Street, Arbroath at 12.40pm on Wednesday, February 18.

The woman had left her mobile phone on a desk and engaged in conversation with a customer. When she later returned to the desk the phone was gone.

The suspect is described as in his 30’s, five feet seven to eight inches tall of medium/stocky build, with black medium length wavy hair. He was wearing black framed sunglasses, a beige hooded top and dark loose fitting trousers. He spoke with a foreign accent.

A 51-year-old woman was the victim of a similar crime at a business premises in Murray Street, Montrose at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18. Her iPhone was stolen.

The suspect in this incident is described as being aged 30-35 years old, five feet five inches tall of stocky build with short dark hair. He was wearing black baseball cap, black thick rimmed glasses, a black bomber style jacket, blue jeans and canvas trainers with ‘flowery’ print.

A police spokeswoman said: “Don’t make it easy for the thief by leaving personal belongings in clear view. Ensure your property is secured and hidden away.

“If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of this type of crime, contact the police immediately.

“Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland, Tayside Division on 101, or any police officer. Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”