Phone thief 'used child as cover'
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Southend phone thief 'used child as cover'

CCTV footage has been released which appears to show a man using a young girl to help him steal a mobile phone.

Baseo, an electrical shop in Southend, posted a film of the incident on its Facebook page, saying the child was used as a "visual shield" during the theft.

As reported in the Echo, a Samsung Galaxy A3 worth £151 was taken on 2 July.

Essex Police said it was investigating and has asked for anyone with details of the man to come forward.

  • 11 Jul 2016
  • From the section Essex