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Iowa City Police Investigate Rise in Cell Phone Thefts

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (KGAN) -- It's a busy afternoon in downtown Iowa City and looking around Thursday afternoon there were texters and cellphone users on just about every corner. However, using your cellphone in downtown Iowa City has become a bit of a hazard for residents. According to University of Iowa and Iowa City Police cellphones are being stolen right out of the owners hand.

"During the day, they don't expect it and that's when we're seeing these happen," says Sgt. Denise Brotherton.

Police say this type of crime first happened back in February but over the last couple of weeks more and more cellphones have been stolen.

"It's scary but I guess it's one of the things you have to deal with evolving technology," says Cholee Shrader.  

Police say the crime goes down something like this, say you're walking and talking maybe texting when an unsuspecting suspect grabs it and makes a run for it.

"I felt a more safer and comfortable in this environment," Shrader said.

Police say you can't let your guard down and if you believe you are being followed take control of the situation.  

"I would even suggest you stop and turn around," says Alton Poole.

That way you let the potential bad guy know you're on to them.  
"When you make that eye contact it sends a message that I'm not afraid of you," Poole said.

Ultimately they say the best way to stay safe is to let go of that urge to walk, talk, and text.  

Iowa City Police Investigate Rise in Cell Phone Thefts

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