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.