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Kent Police appeal for information after Chatham phone theft

26 February 2014
by Jenni Horn

Police are appealing for information after two men reportedly stole a mobile phone from a vulnerable person in Chatham. 

The victim, who has cerebral palsy, was walking to a community centre in Magpie Hall Road between 10am and 11am on February 17, when he was approached by two men. 

Magpie Hall Road, Chatham

Magpie Hall Road, Chatham


They asked the victim, a man in his 20s, what the time was. Due to problems communicating verbally, the victim took his phone out instead to show them the time. One of the men then took the phone off him and put it in his pocket. 

Scared he was going to be assaulted, the victim turned around and walked home. 

Both suspects are described as Asian and may have had foreign accents. The first man is described as being around 30 years of age and 5ft 6ins in height. He was unshaven and had short spiked hair, wearing a black jacket with rolled-up sleeves, blue jeans and plain white trainers. 

The second man was around the same age and had the hood of his blue jumper pulled up. He wore dark blue tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and had a piece of wood over his shoulder. 

Investigating officer, PC Simon Parkin of Kent Police, said: "These men targeted a clearly vulnerable person in order to steal his phone."

Anybody who recognises the description of these men or has any information regarding this incident can call 01634 792525, quoting crime reference XY/005876/14.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.  


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