Boca Mall Thief Preys On Families With Strollers

Boca Business News

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Boca Raton Town Center Mall, courtesy Simon Property Group.

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 11th, at 6:03p with statement from Mall.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 11th at 2:57p — awaiting response from mall owner Simon Property Group.
UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 11th at 9:24a with additional comments from the victim.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — For what may be the third time Friday alone, a man approached a woman with a stroller at Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall (NYSE:SPG) and made off with the victim’s iPhone.
It happened near the “new and expectant” parent parking section by Crate and Barrel.
According to BocaNewsNow.com reader Chris Sanges:

My wife was the third victim today to have her phone stolen by the same individuals in the parking area at Boca Raton’s Town Center Mall. She was leaving the mall pushing a stroller with our two babies when she was approached at the roundabout outside Crate & Barrel by a well dressed young man (23ish) who exited a fancy car and told her that his iPhone was broken (he presented his cracked phone) and asked her if he could borrow hers to make a call.
When she handed him her iPhone 4s he appeared to dial a number, say “Hello” into into it, then darted into the passenger seat and the car along with the car in front of it sped off.

Sanges tells us that security at the mall reported that it was third snatch-and-grab like this Friday alone.

The mall security said “Wow, you’re the third one today!”. They told my wife that the other victims were also pushing strollers and that the thieves know that they can’t chase after them.

Boca Raton Police, however, say only one theft was reported Friday which they are investigating and tell BocaNewsNow.com that this sort of crime is happening all over Palm Beach County.
The thief, according to Sanges, disabled GPS on the phone while making a “fake” call, disabling the “find my iphone” feature.
BocaNewsNow.com emailed Town Center Mall’s director of marketing Saturday afternoon and just received this statement:

At Town Center at Boca Raton, our primary concern is always for the safety of our customers and mall employees. We regret that a customer’s iPhone was stolen during their visit. However, on the day of this incident, no additional thefts were reported to Boca PD or Town Center security.
We work closely with the Boca Raton Police Department to execute proactive security strategies and create safety awareness throughout the mall and community. We provide 24 hour security patrols in and around the property, employing both private security and off duty police officers. We also invest in new technologies to enhance our customers’ safe shopping experience.
Safety is our top priority, and our security team is available to assist customers at any time.
to learn what additional security precautions are being taken in the “new parent parking areas.” We will update when a response is received.

UPDATE: TUESDAY, MAY 14th, 2013, CLICK HERE