Police investigating afternoon iPhone thefts at Towson mall

Baltimore County Police are investigating a pair of iPhone thefts that occurred Sunday afternoon at the Towson Town Center mall.

Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman, said officers received a pair of calls around 1 p.m. Sunday indicating that thefts were in progress. In the first, which Batton said occurred at 12:50 p.m., a woman was sitting on a bench inside the mall when a her iPhone was taken from her hands.

Police said the thief, who was accompanied by another male, ran out of the mall, across the driveway and into Macy's. Another iPhone was stolen in the department store.

In the second incident, which Batton said occurred around 12:52 p.m., a woman was sending an email on her iPhone when it was grabbed out of her hands.

Both women told police the phones were taken by a pair of black males, between 14 and 16 years old.

The two young men were last seen running out of the mall into the facility's parking structure, and the investigation is ongoing.

Batton said that police do not necessarily see an uptick of such crimes during the holiday season when public places like malls and shopping centers are swarmed with shoppers.

"Crimes like this are where people feel they have an opportunity," Batton said. "These are opportunistic crimes where they feel like they'll not only be able to take the item away, but get away."

Batton advised residents to stay alert of their surroundings and secure their personal belongings at all times, be it on their person or in their cars.

"People have a tendency to pay more attention to the device that the people around them," Batton said.

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