St Albans shopper reunited with stolen phone
PUBLISHED: 16:20 30 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:28 30 April 2015
A victim of theft was reunited with her mobile phone moments after it was taken while she was out shopping in St Albans.
Herts Police were called to Boots in St Peter’s Street at around 12.40pm on Wednesday, April 22, after CCTV footage alerted them to a man allegedly acting suspiciously in the store.
A man was stopped and within minutes a woman reported that her mobile phone was missing, but the phone was found after the police did a search.
Ann-Marie Owen, St Albans’ Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant, said: “This is another great example of our partnership working with St Albans City and District Council’s Community Protection Team.
“Having direct links with each other via the Business Against Crime radio network is invaluable, as it means we are able to respond quickly to reports of suspicious people.
“We regularly have PCSOs and police officers patrolling the high street to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience in St Albans but to also act as a deterrent to potential thieves.”
Neil Kieran, the council’s principal community protection officer said: “Tackling pick pockets is a top priority for the Community Safety Partnership and we will all continue to ensure that St Albans is a hostile environment for criminals.”
• Catalin-Dumitru Niculae, 33, of no fixed address, was charged with theft and has been released on bail to appear before Central and West Herts Magistrates Court on Friday, May 8.