St Albans man warns of distraction thefts after iPhone stolen in restaurant (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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St Albans man, Joe Murtagh, warns of distraction thefts after iPhone is stolen in The Ancient Briton Harvester, Harpenden Road
A St Albans man is urging people to be aware of a group of men using distraction tactics to carry out thefts, after his brand new iPhone was stolen in a restaurant.
Joe Murtagh was half way through eating his dessert at The Ancient Briton Harvester in Harpenden Road on Friday, September 20, when a man approached his table to give out flyers.
The 20-year-old said it was not long after the man left the restaurant that he noticed his brand new mobile phone, worth approximately £500, was missing.
The man is said to have been in a group of three other men who also approached another customer and stole their mobile phone from his pocket.
Mr Murtagh, of Park Street, said: "I was out for dinner with an old school friend and I was half way through pudding when the man approached me flashing a flyer in my face.
"I stupidly left my phone on the table and while distracting me with the flyer, he must have swiped my phone off of the table.
"I did try to chase after them but when I realised, it was too late.
"I would like to make people aware this is happening because the more people that know about it, the more likely we can try to catch them. "I just hope we can get justice."
Mr Murtagh said he is angry because his phone was not insured and he had only bought it a month ago. Photographs from his recent summer holiday and of his cat Jim, who recently passed away, have also been lost.
The University of Hertfordshire student, said: "My cat died last week and I had some nice photos of him on there. I would have liked to have kept them."
The flyer used was a Boros Bark in the Park event at Fairlands Valley Lakes and on the other side advertised October half term soccer camps.
A spokesperson from Hertfordshire Constabulary said the incident took place at approximately 7:45pm.
The three men are described as Asian and of Middle Eastern appearance in their 20s or 30s.
They made off in the direction of the car park and towards St Albans City Centre. The man, who stole Mr Murtagh’s phone is described as in his late 30s and wearing a Diesel shirt.
Descriptions of the other two men include, one man wearing a cream coloured top and the other wearing a green top. Anyone with information is asked to contact the non emergency number on 101.
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