Russian pensioner helps police nab phone thief

March 18th, 2009 - 2:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, March 18 (RIA Novosti) A 70-year-old woman in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don helped police to catch a man who had stolen a cell phone from a boy, a police spokesman said.
The incident occurred Tuesday in the centre of the city when the old woman saw the mugger threatening two boys with a knife and taking a phone from one of them.

The woman rushed to help the boy and managed to snatch a phone from the thief’s pocket.

The woman then took the boy and his friend to the police station where they gave a description of the mugger.

However, it turned out that the phone the old woman had grabbed was not the one that the 25-year-old thief had stolen, but his own personal cell phone.

Police were then able to use the phone, registered in the mugger’s name, to track down and arrest the thief.

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