Police warn people to be vigilant following distraction thefts

Police are warning residents to remain vigilant following reports of distraction thefts across the county.

Between May 17th and 31st officers have been called to five separate incidents where people have been targeted by distraction thieves who have stolen mobile phones.

So far incidents have been reported in Wilmslow, Nantwich, Marton and Warrington.

In each case the suspect entered a shop or café and approached the victims holding a sheet of A4 paper or a map.

They have then distracted the victims with the paper or map while stealing their mobile phones.

The suspects were male in all incidents except in Marton where the suspect was a woman.

DI Chris Morris said: "Enquiries into these incidents are currently ongoing and I'd ask anyone with any information to get in touch.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to advise you to be vigilant. Always ensure that your mobile is kept out of sight and if you are approached by a stranger in unusual circumstances, do not engage with them, particularly if they ask for directions or change. Be firm with them, walk away, and report any suspicious activity to the police."

Anyone who sees suspicious activity or has any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.