‘Thief steals hair salon owner’s £800 phone from in front of her’
Hairdresser releases CCTV of the ‘moment a thief stole her £800 phone from just 12 inches in front of her after distracting her by pointing at his eyebrows’
- Criminal appeared to distract woman in Chester by pointing to his eyebrows
- He placed newspaper over Samsung Galaxy S9 before allegedly stealing it
- Viewers of clip claim same man is targeting other salons using technique
- Victim says she did not even realise her mobile was gone until 30 minutes later
This is the shocking moment a man allegedly stole a hair salon owner’s £800 mobile phone from just a foot in front of her.
The criminal appeared to distract the woman in Chester by pointing to his eyebrows while placing a newspaper over the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Viewers of the clip have claimed the same man is targeting other salons using the technique across a large area of Merseyside and Cheshire.
The hair salon owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she did not even realise her mobile was gone until 30 minutes after it happened.
The woman’s daughter posted CCTV footage of the incident online in an attempt to catch the ‘scumbag’, writing: ‘This man came into my mum’s salon in Chester.
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‘This man puts his newspaper over my mum’s phone and robs it! Apparently he has been going around all different salons robbing people’s hard earned things.’
The video shows a man walking into the salon with a newspaper in hand. He tries to speak to the owner who is behind the counter on the phone taking a call.
Her mobile can be seen on her desk. The man points at his eyebrows while subtly placing the newspaper over her phone.
A man walks into the salon with a newspaper in hand. He tries to speak to the owner who is behind the counter on the phone taking a call. Her mobile can be seen on her desk (circled)
The owner puts the phone down and says to the man: ‘I couldn’t talk to you and them on the phone.’ The thief backs away with the owner’s phone under the newspaper.
Bev Mattisson responded online: ‘I shared a post of him last week. It is same guy. He’s foreign apparently and was in Wallasey last week, must be driving round.’
Jane Isaac added: ‘Something similar happened on the Wirral and went up in Crimewatch Wirral. I wonder if it’s other businesses too. Someone must know him as the images are very clear.’
Michelle Rolfe, manager of Just 4 Men in Wallasey, Merseyside, also ran into the criminal who tried the same tactic.
She posted a picture last week, saying: ‘This vile creature came into my shop (on February 6) and tried to rob me, but didn’t get anything and told him to go.
The criminal appeared to distract the woman in Chester by pointing to his eyebrows while placing a newspaper over the Samsung Galaxy S9 – before walking away with it (circled)
‘He has robbed purses and phones out of salons in Wallasey. He comes in speaking very quickly and aggressively in a foreign language holding a newspaper in his hand.’
The salon owner in the clip said today: ‘He came in with his newspaper and kept pointing to his bushy eyebrows.
‘He was making me look at his eyebrows so he could get my phone. I get customers who text me for appointments, and I’ve lost customers because of it.
‘I use my phone to advertise my salon by taking pictures of customers’ hair. I can’t believe it. I only just got this phone two months ago.’
A Cheshire Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘At 9.44am on February 14, police received a report of a theft of a mobile phone inside a hairdressers in Chester on 13 February at 4pm.
‘Enquiries remain ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting IML 321707.’
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