Police hunt Old Town thieves who steal phones whilst distracting restaurant customers

By Jamie Hill - 5 March 2019

Crime

Do you recognise these two men who made off with phones from Jacks restaurant customers after distracting them by begging for money or asking a question.

Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of mobile phones in Swindon.

Phones were stolen from two businesses in the Old Town area on the afternoon of 9 February 2019.

PC Ben Parsons, from Swindon South Community Policing Team, said: "This seems to be some kind of distraction theft, where customers have initially thought the suspect was begging for money or asking a question, but later realised their mobile phone had been stolen.

"We would like to speak to the two men in these CCTV images, so if you know who they are or if you have information which could assist with our investigation then please get in touch."

Anyone who can help should contact PC Parsons on 101, quoting crime reference 54190013565. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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