Phone Snatched From Teenager

10 May 2011, 12:27 | Updated: 10 May 2011, 12:29

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a theft of a mobile phone in Welwyn Garden City last Monday (May 2).

The incident happened between 4.30pm and 4.45pm on Howardsgate in the town centre. A teenage boy was holding his mobile phone, a Blackberry, in his hand outside McDonald’s when he was approached by a male offender, who demanded the phone. The boy said no, so the offender snatched it from him and ran off.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged 25 to 30 with mousy short hair and a heavy build. He was wearing grey joggers and a navy blue T-shirt with red stitching.

PC Joe Clapham, investigating, said: “This incident happened in broad daylight when the town centre would have been busy with people.

“I would like to encourage anyone who was in this area at the time and may have seen the offence or anything connected with it to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information on this crime should ring PC Clapham via the non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222, citing crime reference J2/11/551. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers (an independent charity) anonymously on 0800 555111.