Give us a bell about ‘phone thief’, police tell ‘superhero’ Serena

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have asked tennis star Serena Williams to make a statement after she claimed someone tried to steal her mobile phone at a San Francisco restaurant.

Officer Grace Gatpandan said police would like to know if they are dealing with a serial phone thief.

On her Facebook page post that shows her in a Supergirl costume, Williams said she was having a Chinese meal on Tuesday when she noticed a man lurking near her table. Her phone was on the chair next to her and at some point the man grabbed it and left, she said.

Surveillance footage shows Williams leaving the restaurant and confronting the man on the pavement. Williams said she asked the man if he had accidentally taken the wrong phone, and he said he had, before giving it back.

Danny Snyder, an employee at Mission Chinese Food, where Williams was dining, said the restaurant had never previously had anyone come in and try to steal a phone. He said Williams had eaten at the restaurant before.

Williams adds on her Supergirl post: “Always keep your things close. Fight for what’s right. Stand for what you believe in! Be a superhero!”

But Officer Gatpandan said police did not encourage people to go after phone thieves.

“The thing with cellphone snatchers is you don’t know who you’re dealing with,” she said. “You don’t know if they’re a serial thief. You don’t know if they’re armed.”

Published: Friday 6th November 2015 by The News Editor

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