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Sneak Thief Targets Local Business

Thursday January 30 2014


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A BUSINESS owner has warned others to be alert after a man pretending to drop leaflets off stole her mobile phone.

Nicola Robinson, 23, of Mojito Hair Studio on Wombwell Lane, was targeted earlier this week.

The man, described as middle-aged and with olive skin, placed the leaflets on the reception's counter and swiped the iPhone while she wasn't looking.

"It was just a busy day," Nicola said. "I didn't think anything of it as we regularly have people dropping leaflets off.

"I didn't realise he took it until about five minutes afterwards."

The handful of leaflets left behind were advertising last year's German market in Leeds.

Police confirmed enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 22.

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Reply Posted by Hmmm on Thursday January 30 2014 at 16:29
Errrrrrr....did anyone check the leaflets for fingerprints or is that too daft?

Reply Posted by you on Thursday January 30 2014 at 16:52
they wont waste money doing prints and just to warn everyone all shops on wombwell high street are gettin robbed again in night

Reply Posted by sharon on Thursday January 30 2014 at 17:01
Wombwell again. Say no more.

Reply Posted by Burt on Thursday January 30 2014 at 20:24
I remember Wombwell folk taking pi** out of us Athersley, Grimethorpe, Kendray folk. Booits on t'other foot nar mate!

Reply Posted by X on Thursday January 30 2014 at 21:34
Yes because all them from kendry, athersley and grimethorpe have been rehoused in wombwell

Reply Posted by athersley lass on Thursday January 30 2014 at 21:51
Bad folk everywhere. Not just from Athersley Kendry Grimey. Grip needed.

Reply Posted by A realist on Thursday January 30 2014 at 21:59
I'm from kendray and never stole a thing. And you will probs find those people u say are from kendray probs originate from
Somewhere else.

Reply Posted by fas on Thursday January 30 2014 at 22:02
I LIVE IN GRIMEY I HAVE DONE FOR 36YR N THERES CHUFF ALL WRONG WIV IT!!!!

Reply Posted by lol to. Fas on Friday January 31 2014 at 09:27
Why r da home bound or summat.

Reply Posted by amy on Thursday January 30 2014 at 22:09
This happened to me last year! From wrk in barnsley town centre

Reply Posted by statetheobvious on Friday January 31 2014 at 00:12
1st rule of mobile ownership... dont take your eye of it, especially in a public place!

Reply Posted by notthatobvious on Friday January 31 2014 at 00:29
Nope 1st rule is don't drop ur mobile int' bog!

Reply Posted by laura on Friday January 31 2014 at 01:48
This happened where I work just befor emas they was on cctv dont no if they ever got caught though

Reply Posted by sal on Friday January 31 2014 at 06:44
Its not easy but its best to keep things out of sight. Sneak theft and fake calling is not uncommon. It is not nice when stuff gets nicked. Phones have a lot of information in them, there is nothing to stop thieves using that for further crimes. Be vigilant and do not allow people in without appointments, or if you know them . Just take a look at what has happened and learn from it.

Reply Posted by William on Friday January 31 2014 at 10:35
Nawt wrong with Grimey! Lived there ages. We go round Wombwell all time. Nobody messed with grimey folk wherever we go. There women loves us as well

Reply Posted by William on Friday January 31 2014 at 10:59
Everywhere we go the people wanna know who we are
So we tell them. We're the Barmy army
the grimey barmy army
were rough and your birds love us

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday January 31 2014 at 11:08
all Barnsley's a right dump & the folk still wallow in self-pity and ignorance. Chips on shoulders, burglary for drugs, benefits laziness, lacking education and expecting to walk into well paid jobs. Stuck in 1984 & that's why normal folk like myself escape.

Reply Posted by Jack on Friday January 31 2014 at 14:58
I'm glad I don't live in Wombwell, must be worst place in the borough now. All you see is crime reports; drugs, thieving, stabbings, shootings, murders, domestic violence & worse. Happier here in Lundwood.

Reply Posted by Littleoldlady on Friday January 31 2014 at 15:24
Haven't we been informed that the crime rate is coming down...someone's been telling porkies yet again.

Reply Posted by Hilary on Friday January 31 2014 at 15:31
Grimethorpe is no longer the yardstick for gloom & doom. It has since become an up & coming place. Hundreds of attractive, private new homes. Lots of investment & jobs. There's jobs for Polish economic migrants at Symphonski Kitchens and, for the local uneducated folk, there's ASOS. Giving the people what they want. It no longer has the social problems we see in abundance in places like Athersley, Carlton, Cudworth & Brierley.

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday January 31 2014 at 17:03
You sure bout that @Kilkenny look at were you live firstly, not exactly glitz and glam. Bad stuff always happens in London, like every place has got bad people livin in it. Every one is brought up differently, it's what you do with your life that makes a difference.

As for being normal, no such thing.

Reply Posted by Bob on Saturday February 1 2014 at 16:26
This story about a mobile phone been stolen not were ppl live or what the village is like get a grip and plod on ppl

Reply Posted by Edward Radley on Sunday February 2 2014 at 15:16
Thank god I'm not olive skinned!! Don't want t b blamed in this article as well. One accusation per week is enough. Thanks :-)

Reply Posted by Teresa on Monday February 3 2014 at 19:21
The shop is in wombwell lane which is just passed the ash pub going towards stairfoot. I wouldnt call it wombwell. This happens wherever you live now. Thieves are not from a set place. Wouldnt get a chance of getting my iphone as i keep it very close to me in my bra.