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Durham warns of cell phone thefts

Posted May 24, 2013 8:34 p.m. EDT

— Durham police issued a warning Friday evening about a recent spate of cell phone thefts.

Police said a series of victims have reported that as they were walking down the street, a car pulled up and a woman asked to use their phone. When the person hands over the phone, the car speeds away.

The description of the car has varied from case to case, but police released an image of a woman who may be connected to the thefts. On May 13, that woman claimed to have car trouble and asked to borrow a phone from someone walking in the 1700 block of Holloway Street. She and three other women took off in a black Acura. 

Police recommend that people be aware of their surroundings, and not hand over a phone to strangers. 

Anyone with information about the woman in the phone or the recent thefts is asked to call police at 919-560-4281, ext. 29121.