A woman had her iPhone stolen by a man after sharing a taxi with him.
Police are now appealing for the taxi driver who took her and the man home to come forward as he witnessed the theft.
The victim was waiting at the taxi rank in Havelock Road at 3.45am on Sunday, March 31 when a man who she was chatting to suggested they shared a cab as they lived in similar parts of town. She agreed.
However when he was dropped off in Hollington Old Lane, St Leonards he got out of the cab then walked around to the woman’s door, opened it and snatched her white iPhone 4 from her hand. He then ran away and the taxi driver took the woman home.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, 5ft 7ins tall, of slender build, with short brown hair. He spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a blazer jacket, smart shirt and dark coloured jeans.
Sergeant Paul Elrick, of Hastings Neighbourhood Response Team, said: “The woman was unhurt but shaken by what has happened to her. We are keen to speak to the taxi driver who picked them up that night as he could hold valuable information.
“A gentle reminder to our night-time revellers is to be careful of your own safety. I wouldn’t advise anyone to share a taxi with a stranger. Keep yourselves safe.”
Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0846 of March 31. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.