Heartbreak over theft of phone with pictures of late mother

The suspect on CCTV SUS-170227-181143001
The suspect on CCTV SUS-170227-181143001

The sneak theft of a mobile phone in a supermarket has caused real heartache for the victim as it contains irreplaceable photos of her mother who has recently died.

The victim, a 23-year-old Seaford woman, was shopping in Morrisons at St James’s Street, Brighton, at around 2pm on Thursday (February 23).

She put her mobile phone in her basket along with her shopping and went to the self-service checkout.

According to Sussex Police, another woman saw this and took the phone out of the basket while the victim wasn’t looking.

The suspect is described as white, in her mid-20s to early-30s, of slim build, with medium length blonde hair tied back which had black roots showing.

She wore glasses, flat shoes, a blue parka-style anorak with furry hood, a grey scarf which was wrapped around her, a skirt and dark coloured tights.

PC Russ Watson said, “The mobile phone itself, a Samsung 5 Android with a red case, is expensive but replaceable.

“The real loss felt by the victim is that the phone contains personal sentimental photographs of her recently deceased mother.

“These photographs are of course irreplaceable and their loss has cause significant upset for the victim who desperately wants to retrieve them.

“If you know who this woman is, or if you can help in any other way, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 776 of 23/02.

“You can also report online to https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/ or call 101.”