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Man admits 20 thefts

March 8, 2013, 4:03 pm

A man has admitted stealing phones from 20 in Manchester.

Calin-Lonel Rostas (21/06/1985), of 35 Birch Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, admitted 20 counts of theft when he appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday 5 March 2013.

He is due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 27 March 2013.

Between 14 December 2012 and 28 February 2013, 20 people had their phones stolen while in Subway, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, The Oxford, Café Nero, McDonald’s and Varsity on Oxford Road, Rusholme, Manchester.

In most cases Rostas would distract them by placing a paper over their mobile and then begin talking to them.

He would then leave, taking his paper and the victims mobile.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, said: “While it should be safe for us all to put our phones and other belongings next to us on a table while we enjoy a drink or bite to eat, the reality is that there are people out there looking to take advantage of those less security conscious than others.

“I am talking about skilled conmen who are well versed in deception. It only takes seconds for them to strike and they are gone before you even realise your treasured possession is missing.

“There are some simple steps people can take to prevent them from falling victim to this type of crime and I want to get these messages into the publics psyche.

“Quite simply, be aware of your surroundings and keep your possessions safe – dont leave them lying around.”

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