Woman punched in face by phone thief

Published Saturday, 17 May 2014
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A woman was punched in the face after she chased a man who stole her phone at the Ormeau Park in Belfast on Friday.

Woman punched in face by phone thief
The woman was walking in Ormeau Park when it happened. (© UTV)

She was walking through the park with another woman when two men approached them.

One of the men grabbed a Samsung S3 phone from the victim's hands and when she gave chase she was punched in the face.

Police have appealed for information about the incident, which happened at some time between 4.40pm and 5.10pm on Friday, and issued descriptions of the men involved.

The man who stole the phone was wearing a blue jacket and sunglasses with short blond hair. He had a tattoo on the left side of his neck and possibly one on the inside of his left arm.

The second male was wearing a dark jacket and was also wearing sunglasses.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Musgrave on the new non-emergency number 101."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Trevor in Lisburn wrote (256 days ago):
Great point brian. Have just installed that app. Thank you
Dr Watson in Bangor wrote (256 days ago):
Sherlock holmes in belfast... I thought that too!! #justsaying
Brian in Belfast wrote (257 days ago):
My advice to anyone with an expensive phone is to install an anti theft app on it and keep GPS and WIFI on at all times. Anti theft probably isn't the right word because it doesn't actually prevent it from being stolen but you have a good chance of getting it back. There's a free app called Prey Anti theft available for Android, Iphone and even laptops. There is also Cerberus, a paid app. Both these apps take a picture of the thief from a front facing camera without them knowing and emails it to you. It also gives a point on the map to where your phone is. I have both apps on my HTC One and wouldn't be without them.
scumbag of the week in belfast wrote (257 days ago):
what a brave man[ sorry for using that word] to punch a women in the face and steal her phone, I hope you get caught soon before you do it again to some other lady.?
sherlock holmes in Belfast wrote (257 days ago):
The description of this attacker sounds remarkably similar to the other male who assaulted a female in the city centre. Just saying....
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