Warning issued over Sheffield city centre mobile phone ‘distraction theft’ scam

Visitors to Sheffield city centre are being warned about distraction theft after mobile phones were stolen from tables by people giving out leaflets.

By Dan.Hayes1
Saturday, 9th March 2019, 7:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 5:00 pm
Millennium Square, Sheffield (Photo: www.sakhanphotography.com).
Millennium Square, Sheffield (Photo: www.sakhanphotography.com).

City centre PCSOs have reported a number of incidents where customers at bars and restaurants have placed devices on their tables and been approached by people distracting them with pamphlets.

However, after the person has left, customers have realised their mobile devices have been taken.

Officers say people eating or drinking in the city should be vigilant.