New CCTV clue for detectives investigating Northampton iPhone robbery

Appeal for three men caught on camera at nearby supermarket to come forward

Friday, 30th July 2021, 3:18 pm
Updated Friday, 30th July 2021, 3:20 pm

Detectives investigating a phone robbery in Northampton have issued new CCTV images of three men they want to identify.

Officers believe a trio caught on camera at a nearby supermarket may have information which could help fine a male who dragged a woman to the floor and snatched her iPhone after posing as a would-be buyer.

All three men are thought to have links to the Hemel Hempstead area in Hertfordshire and detectives are asking them, or anyone who recognises them, to get in touch by calling Northamptonshire Police 101 using incident number 21000339961.

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Police investigating an iPhone robbery in Northampton want to identify these three men

Police revealed last month how the thief arranged to meet the victim but grabbed the iPhone 12 Pro Max, worth around £1,100 after she queried what turned out to be a fake bank reference he claimed proved that money had been sent to her account.

She chased him in Marlborough Road, in the St James area of Northampton, but was blocked and pulled to the ground by a second man.

A spokesman for the Force said: "A male arrived at the woman's home between 6pm and 6.30pm on June 15 and showed her what he said was a reference from his bank to prove he had transferred the cost of the phone to her.

"She questioned this as fake — which it was — at which point the man took the iPhone and left the address.

Police believe the trio all have links to Hemel Hempstead

"When the woman followed him to retrieve her phone, a second man tried to distract her before resorting to pulling her to the ground in Marlborough Road, Northampton, before both men ran off."