SDSU police to students: Beware cell phone “borrowers”

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A spate of cell-phone thefts at San Diego State
University prompted campus officials this week to warn students to avoid letting
strangers “borrow” them — a frequent ploy used by thieves.

In recent weeks, several people have fallen prey to crooks who say they
need to make a phone call but have no mobile phone, according to SDSU police.

Late Saturday, a man approached a student near a campus transit center
and made a similar statement. Having heard about the thefts, the student
declined to hand over his phone, walked off and called police to report what
had happened.

Officers who found the suspected thief nearby took a pistol from him and
arrested him on suspicion of a weapons violation. There was no immediate
evidence that the suspect, whose name was withheld, was involved in recent cell
phone thefts.

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