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Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder
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Theft of smartphone by passing cyclist prompts property security reminder

A bicyclist grabbed a woman's cell phone from her hand as she stood in downtown Madison Wednesday night, according to a release. The reported theft prompted Madison police to remind residents to be aware of their surroundings to prevent similar thefts.

Police said a 34-year-old Sun Prairie woman was looking down at her iPhone while standing on Wisconsin Avenue and East Dayton Street at 8:44 p.m. A young bicyclist pedaling past the woman grabbed the phone from her hand.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said citizens should be cautious of losing touch with their surroundings when using small, expensive electronics.

"One veteran MPD sergeant likes to compare holding an iPhone ... to clutching a stack of $100 bills in your hand," DeSpain said. "You would not nonchalantly walk around holding those -- or leave them sitting somewhere -- and similar precautions are advised for protecting pricey electronics."

The iPhone thief was described as black, between 16-20 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a slender build, according to a release. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jean shorts.

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