Police investigating a string of distraction thefts in Brighton are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying individuals believed to be connected to the incidents. Several reports have been received, indicating that mobile phones have been stolen from victims in public places, including libraries and coffee shops.
The thefts occurred on various dates and locations, with incidents reported at The Jubilee Library in Jubilee Street on April 22 and April 25, Pret A Manger in North Street on April 25, and the University of Brighton library in Lewes Road on April 25.
According to local Police, each incident followed a similar pattern. The victims were approached and distracted by an unidentified individual who requested their help. While the victim’s attention was diverted, the thief seized the opportunity to steal their mobile phone. It was only after the person departed that the victims realized their devices were missing.
Investigators working on the case are eager to identify the men depicted in the provided images, as they believe these individuals possess crucial information that can aid in ongoing inquiries.
The police urge anyone who recognises the men or has any information pertaining to their identities to come forward adn contact Sussex Police online or by dialing 101 and quoting the reference number 47230076250.