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iPhone distraction theft warning
A SPATE of iPhone distraction thefts in Alsager and Cheshire East have been reported to police.
An estate agent and pub were targeted in the town on Wednesday.
Similar crimes have occurred in Knutsford, Wilmslow, Congleton and Macclesfield.
Police say thieves engage their victim in conversation before placing a map or leaflets on the table, masking the iPhone.
They then pick up their papers, along with the phone, and make their escape.
Police say offenders appear to be targeting businesses – with thefts occurring at pubs, bars and offices.
DS Andy Harwood said: "We would urge the public not to tempt fate by leaving their phones on the bar, cafe table or desk, and be wary of anyone trying to engage them in conversation with a map or a leaflet.”
He added: "We are doing everything we can to try and apprehend the offenders, who appear to work in pairs. They are described as eastern European or Mediterranean men and women, ranging in age from late teens to their 40s.
"We would advise that you keep your iPhone out of sight and to be alert to strangers coming to your table trying to engage you in conversation. Please don′t leave your phone on the table, keep it in your pocket or your bag to avoid becoming their next victim."