Police hunting thief after iPhone stolen in Hartlepool scam

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POLICE are appealing for information after a man had his iPhone stolen in Hartlepool.

The incident happened at around 1.30pm on Wednesday at Oakleaf Kitchens, in Greatham Street.

A man entered the store and distracted a member of staff by claiming not to speak English.

He showed him a piece of paper with writing which the member of staff attempted to translate into English whilst the suspect stole his iPhone.

The suspect is described as a white male, possibly Eastern European, aged in his twenties, of skinny build.

The victim said the man was around 5ft 4ins-5ft 8ins tall and black hair with a mohican hair style.

At the time of the incident the man was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

There have been similar incidents reported to police involving a man of a similar description and police believe they may be linked.

Some reports suggest that a second man may also be involved, this man is described as having a prominent limp.

Police are asking businesses and members of the public to be wary of the scam and would ask anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.