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Shocking moment when thief snatches a woman’s mobile phone from her hands while… current trends

Shocking moment when thief snatches a woman’s mobile phone from her hands while… current trends

This is the horrific moment a thief on a bike snatched a woman’s mobile phone from her hands, the latest example of a crime trend sweeping London.

The balaclava-clad criminal wasted no time in grabbing his startled victim’s phone before running away through a fashionable street near the center of the capital.

The brazen theft follows a series of similar crimes in the city, which have sparked fears that visitors will avoid London for fear of being the next target.

The latest incident took place at Albany Place in Marylebone, near Regent’s Park, with footage being shared and going viral on X, formerly Twitter.

The account that uploaded the clip captioned it with the warning words: “Keep your head on the dial when you’re in London.”

A thief in a balaclava was seen brazenly grabbing a mobile phone from a woman's hand before driving away in Marylebone, central London

A thief in a balaclava was seen brazenly grabbing a mobile phone from a woman’s hand before driving away in Marylebone, central London

It comes after another cycling offender confiscated a man's phone in nearby Park Lane

It comes after another cycling offender confiscated a man’s phone in nearby Park Lane

Last month, two masked thieves were seen taking a pedestrian's phone and fleeing on their bikes in Hampstead, northwest London - before crashing into an oncoming car

Last month, two masked thieves were seen taking a pedestrian’s phone and fleeing on their bikes in Hampstead, northwest London – before crashing into an oncoming car

We see the female victim of the theft trying to chase after the perpetrator as he shouts, “Hey, come back here.”

Another cyclist wearing a balaclava had passed her in the seconds before.

Shocked viewers responded by describing how they were taking extra precautions these days amid rising fears of crime in the capital.

One wrote: ‘I always keep both hands on my phone when I take it out in London but there’s not much you can do to ease it.’

Another said: ‘That’s why I stopped taking my phone out while walking.’

Other comments included ‘Sad how crazy it has become’, ‘This culture of stealing and plundering must end’, ‘What a city’ and ‘Just stay away from London’.

And it was also said: ‘That’s why you always pay attention to your surroundings. This is a pretty expensive area in London, but it still doesn’t matter to thieves.’

The crime in Marylebone comes just days after another bike thief snatched a man’s mobile phone from his hand in nearby Park Lane.

Video footage showed a cyclist riding in the middle of the main road and then turning off the road to ride on the path, before falling behind an unsuspecting pedestrian who was holding his phone and quickly swiping it.

Last month, two masked thieves were seen taking a phone and fleeing on their bikes in Hampstead, north London – before crashing into an oncoming car.

The thief was seen approaching his unsuspecting victim from behind on a bicycle as she walked down Albany Street in central London

The thief was seen approaching his unsuspecting victim from behind on a bicycle as she walked down Albany Street in central London

He quickly swooped to grab the mobile phone from her hands in the latest example of a crime trend reportedly sweeping the capital

He quickly swooped to grab the mobile phone from her hands in the latest example of a crime trend reportedly sweeping the capital

Seconds earlier, another cyclist wearing a balaclava had passed the woman, followed by the cell phone thief.

Seconds earlier, another cyclist wearing a balaclava had passed the woman, followed by the cell phone thief.

It seemed as if the victim took a moment to realize exactly what had happened during the sudden raid

It seemed as if the victim took a moment to realize exactly what had happened during the sudden raid

She was seen attempting to chase the thief as he held her phone in his hand

She was seen attempting to chase the thief as he held her phone in his hand

The video that has gone viral online ends with the woman heard saying, 'Hey, come back here'

The video that has gone viral online ends with the woman heard saying, ‘Hey, come back here’

In February, a motorcyclist was shown on CCTV chasing a man along the pavement in Tower Bridge Road before taking his phone and driving away.

The victim, a 28-year-old banker called Peter, later told MailOnline: ‘I just felt something on my shoulder and then a hand went straight to my phone and it was just a grab and a grab.’

Footage shows Peter rushing at the motorcyclist and trying to grab his phone before chasing him down the street.

Peter continued: ‘I started chasing the guy but then he started weaving through traffic and I didn’t want to risk it.

“I’m especially disappointed because I know these things happen, but I just didn’t know it would happen to me.”

And last August there was a brazen thief on one

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