Police warning after phone theft in Northumberland town

Latest news from Northumbria Police.
Latest news from Northumbria Police.

Police are warning traders and shoppers in Alnwick to be vigilant following a mobile-phone theft earlier this week.

Traders have reported that officers are out and about in the town centre today to warn them of a ‘short, stocky man of Asian appearance’ in relation to thefts of mobile phones.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman confirmed that on Tuesday, they received a report that a mobile phone had been stolen from a shop in Bondgate Without. It’s believed to have happened between 2.25pm and 2.30pm and a newspaper was reportedly put over the top of the phone and stolen while the man distracted shop staff.

It’s also believed to be linked to a report of suspicious activity in another shop in the town earlier the same day, although nothing was stolen in that incident.

Police are reminding people to be vigilant: Never leave mobile phones unattended or lying around, always keep them secure in a pocket or bag, and report anything suspicious to police straight away.

People are advised to make the most of their smartphones to ensure their property is secure. New technology means modern phones can download applications to trace or track the owner’s phone via GPS – meaning if it’s lost of stolen it can be traced.

For more crime-prevention information, visit the dedicated section of the Northumbria Police website, while people are urged to sign up to free property register Immobilise.