Phones targeted by estate agent raiders

Thieves are targeting estate agents across Staffordshire trying to steal mobile phones and other office equipment.

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Four more companies have come forward following yesterday’s news that two would-be thieves tried to steal phones from Whitehouse Property Group in Hednesford.

They were chased off by a teenage member of staff after one of them grabbed her mobile. Now, estate agents in Chase Terrace, Cannock and Rugeley say they think they were targeted by the same people, said to be in their mid-20s and Eastern European.

Cherry Price, director of Mark Price & Co, in Bridge Cross Road, Chase Terrace, had her iPhone 4S taken on Monday from her desk.

She said: “It was between 3.30pm and 4pm, he leaned over my desk with some documents in his hand, not speaking English, I thought it was odd how they suddenly just left.”

Tina Williamson of Chariot Estate Agents, in Cann-ock Road, Chase Terrace, said the same men may have entered the business at 2pm on the same day.

“They came in and made us feel very uncomfortable,” she said. “They made rental inquiries and we quickly put some money away.”

Gail Carvey, a sales negotiator, at Webbs Estate Ag-ents, in Cannock, said they had been hit three times in the last five months. She said: “The first time I saw him get the phone off my desk under a newspaper and I stopped him. They are just so brazen about it.”

Angi Cooney, who runs C Residential in Horse Fair, Rugeley, thinks she received a visit from the same people on Tuesday. She said: “They looked quite suspicious, but we were on our guard.”

On Monday, Natasha Mair, aged 19, gave chase to the men when she realised they had grabbed her phone in Whitehouse Property Group.

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