Pickpocket takes youngster's Christmas present

Gazette: Emma De'Ath, from West Bergholt, with daughter Jade, 12, who had her Blackberry phone and Christmas present money stolen while shopping in Colchester. Emma De'Ath, from West Bergholt, with daughter Jade, 12, who had her Blackberry phone and Christmas present money stolen while shopping in Colchester.

PICKPOCKETS stole a youngster’s new phone just four days after she got it for Christmas.

Jade De’Ath, 12, was shopping with friends and family in Colchester town centre when the theft happened shortly after 5pm yesterday.

It is thought the pickpocket struck after bumping into Jade causing her to drop her bag in Culver Square. While Jade, from Armoury Road, West Bergholt, was picking it up and checking nothing had fallen out the red Blackberry 9320 was taken from her pocket.

The St Helena pupil noticed her phone, her main Christmas present, was missing a few minutes later when she went to make a call. She also had some Christmas money in the case.

  • Anyone with information should contact investigators at Colchester police station on 101.

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5:05pm Sun 30 Dec 12

MacinTyler95 says...

When I was twelve, I had a Nokia 3310. That was 5 years ago.. Don't give a 12 year old a Blackberry!
When I was twelve, I had a Nokia 3310. That was 5 years ago.. Don't give a 12 year old a Blackberry! MacinTyler95
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6:09pm Sun 30 Dec 12

angryman!!! says...

Hmm when I was twelve the only person I knew that had a mobile was zack off saved by the bell!
Hmm when I was twelve the only person I knew that had a mobile was zack off saved by the bell! angryman!!!
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6:34pm Sun 30 Dec 12

RetiredVal says...

so sad was it insured, although that doesn't make up for loss of a present someone bought you?
so sad was it insured, although that doesn't make up for loss of a present someone bought you? RetiredVal
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6:45pm Sun 30 Dec 12

gramps7637 says...

When I was 12 mobile's were not invented, but a black berry is one of the cheapest smart phones and I see no problem with this girl having one apart from the low life's that steal from children. Hope they find them and put them away.
When I was 12 mobile's were not invented, but a black berry is one of the cheapest smart phones and I see no problem with this girl having one apart from the low life's that steal from children. Hope they find them and put them away. gramps7637
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7:46pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Boris says...

When I was 12, we used to find a phone box, put in 4d and then press button A when the person answered. If they didn't, we pressed button B and got the money back.
My grandchildren have always had cheap mobiles because they do tend to go missing, either stolen or left behind somewhere.
When I was 12, we used to find a phone box, put in 4d and then press button A when the person answered. If they didn't, we pressed button B and got the money back. My grandchildren have always had cheap mobiles because they do tend to go missing, either stolen or left behind somewhere. Boris
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8:19pm Sun 30 Dec 12

ibelieveinangels says...

Feel for the girl but I chose to give my son a cheap mobile as it was his 1st one and I want him to have one if he needed to contact me esp in a emergency, phones are so easily lost or stolen, my main worry is if my son was ever mugged for having a top of the range mobile.
Feel for the girl but I chose to give my son a cheap mobile as it was his 1st one and I want him to have one if he needed to contact me esp in a emergency, phones are so easily lost or stolen, my main worry is if my son was ever mugged for having a top of the range mobile. ibelieveinangels
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9:22pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Yendor says says...

My five year old turned round to my wife the other day and asked if she could have a mobile phone....It is the way of the world.

I dare say she will have a phone in the next few years but as others have said, it will be one that if it is lost, broken or at worst, stolen it will be easily replaced at minimal cost.
My five year old turned round to my wife the other day and asked if she could have a mobile phone....It is the way of the world. I dare say she will have a phone in the next few years but as others have said, it will be one that if it is lost, broken or at worst, stolen it will be easily replaced at minimal cost. Yendor says
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10:00pm Sun 30 Dec 12

co4 says...

For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.
For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it. co4
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10:04pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Yendor says says...

co4 wrote:
For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.
I suspect it mattered to the person who stole it ..... I think that's the point.

Yes, I feel for Jade though. Best wishes.
[quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.[/p][/quote]I suspect it mattered to the person who stole it ..... I think that's the point. Yes, I feel for Jade though. Best wishes. Yendor says
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10:44pm Sun 30 Dec 12

comeonyouirons says...

Hopefully her Mum reported the IMEI number to the supplier so the phone is useless to the person who stole it. Also, hope Jade isn't too upset about it, these things do happen in this day and age. (Unfortunately)
Hopefully her Mum reported the IMEI number to the supplier so the phone is useless to the person who stole it. Also, hope Jade isn't too upset about it, these things do happen in this day and age. (Unfortunately) comeonyouirons
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11:32pm Sun 30 Dec 12

SamEssex says...

It's only a blackberry they are pretty crap. The equivalent to a 5210 when a 3330 was available with the build quality of an old btcellnet.
It's only a blackberry they are pretty crap. The equivalent to a 5210 when a 3330 was available with the build quality of an old btcellnet. SamEssex
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6:58am Mon 31 Dec 12

WhatsTheWorldComingToo says...

why would someone do that clearly they cant afford there own phone so they have to steal off a 12 year old sick people these days i feel sorry for the girl and hope she getting it back !.
why would someone do that clearly they cant afford there own phone so they have to steal off a 12 year old sick people these days i feel sorry for the girl and hope she getting it back !. WhatsTheWorldComingToo
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8:38am Mon 31 Dec 12

gramps7637 says...

co4 wrote:
For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.[/p][/quote]Well said. gramps7637
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8:41am Mon 31 Dec 12

gramps7637 says...

Yendor says wrote:
co4 wrote:
For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.
I suspect it mattered to the person who stole it ..... I think that's the point.

Yes, I feel for Jade though. Best wishes.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]Yendor says[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]co4[/bold] wrote: For goodness sake, does it really matter what sort of mobile phone it was? Somebody stole a Christmas present from a 12 year old girl in case you missed it.[/p][/quote]I suspect it mattered to the person who stole it ..... I think that's the point. Yes, I feel for Jade though. Best wishes.[/p][/quote]Well said. gramps7637
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9:26am Mon 31 Dec 12

Grabber says...

The type and cost of the phone is not important here, some scumbag has robbed a 12 year old I hope they get caught soon and the girl gets here property back.
The type and cost of the phone is not important here, some scumbag has robbed a 12 year old I hope they get caught soon and the girl gets here property back. Grabber
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9:27am Mon 31 Dec 12

Grabber says...

* her not here ...
* her not here ... Grabber
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5:39pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Joker50 says...

When I was 12 the only person I knew who had a mobile was Captain Kirk in star trek.
When I was 12 the only person I knew who had a mobile was Captain Kirk in star trek. Joker50
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1:10am Tue 1 Jan 13

Boris says...

When my grandson's friend was 12, he was beaten up by three older boys to steal his mobile. That never got in the Gazette. Sadly these things happen and they will continue to happen for as long as there are people willing to buy mobiles from thieves.
At least Jade was not physically attacked, so she should get over it soon enough. Best wishes to her.
When my grandson's friend was 12, he was beaten up by three older boys to steal his mobile. That never got in the Gazette. Sadly these things happen and they will continue to happen for as long as there are people willing to buy mobiles from thieves. At least Jade was not physically attacked, so she should get over it soon enough. Best wishes to her. Boris
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1:26pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Bean29 says...

What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,,
What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,, Bean29
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3:20pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Boris says...

Bean29 wrote:
What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,,
Do we really want Sharia law here?
.
More to the point, let's hope the criminal is caught and punished in the proper way. This might be possible if the phone can be disabled as suggested earlier. If the culprit (and his/her accomplice?) are found, they might have hundreds of other stolen mobiles to answer for. The story suggests it was a professional thief rather than a casual opportunist.
[quote][p][bold]Bean29[/bold] wrote: What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,,[/p][/quote]Do we really want Sharia law here? . More to the point, let's hope the criminal is caught and punished in the proper way. This might be possible if the phone can be disabled as suggested earlier. If the culprit (and his/her accomplice?) are found, they might have hundreds of other stolen mobiles to answer for. The story suggests it was a professional thief rather than a casual opportunist. Boris
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11:23pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Bean29 says...

Boris wrote:
Bean29 wrote:
What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,,
Do we really want Sharia law here?
.
More to the point, let's hope the criminal is caught and punished in the proper way. This might be possible if the phone can be disabled as suggested earlier. If the culprit (and his/her accomplice?) are found, they might have hundreds of other stolen mobiles to answer for. The story suggests it was a professional thief rather than a casual opportunist.
How will people learn if they are not punished, i mean if they are caught what will happen to them, sweet nothing, sent to jail which us taxpayers pay for them to do so!! This world is a horrid place, where punishments are just a slap on the wrist!!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bean29[/bold] wrote: What is this town coming to, stealing from a 12 year old, muggings, house burglaries, when will it stop!! And when will these people be caught, how bout get a job and buy your own stuff!! Poor little girl, whether it was a blackberry or a cheap £10 phone it was not that persons to take, they should have their fingers chopped off!! Its the only way they will learn!,,[/p][/quote]Do we really want Sharia law here? . More to the point, let's hope the criminal is caught and punished in the proper way. This might be possible if the phone can be disabled as suggested earlier. If the culprit (and his/her accomplice?) are found, they might have hundreds of other stolen mobiles to answer for. The story suggests it was a professional thief rather than a casual opportunist.[/p][/quote]How will people learn if they are not punished, i mean if they are caught what will happen to them, sweet nothing, sent to jail which us taxpayers pay for them to do so!! This world is a horrid place, where punishments are just a slap on the wrist!! Bean29
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2:05pm Sat 12 Jan 13

star90 says...

I think some of you mindless people are seriously missing the point here? To a 12 year old that was probably the best present ever!! & she had it stolen from her by some scumbag who knew exactly what they were doing to this poor girl. & as one of the above comments clearly states.. This was a professional thief and not just some random, so the likelihood is they've done this to lots of other people. Probably lots of other vulnerable young children. It's disgusting! You can't go anywhere these days, it doesn't matter who you are, how old you are, where you are or whether you're totally innocent or not, people find a way to intentionally hurt others. Something needs to be done about it.. & fast! So many people don't even like going out anymore, no wonder all these shops aren't making enough money, with the amount of online users, because nobody wants to go out. & as for those people who have written such immature comments as 'it's only a BlackBerry, they are pretty crap'.. Does it matter what phone it is? No! The moral of the story is it shouldn't be happening. Why should an innocent 12 year old girl, or even anybody, not be able to go out shopping for the day without having their belongings stolen? Think before you speak and just imagine being in the same position!
I think some of you mindless people are seriously missing the point here? To a 12 year old that was probably the best present ever!! & she had it stolen from her by some scumbag who knew exactly what they were doing to this poor girl. & as one of the above comments clearly states.. This was a professional thief and not just some random, so the likelihood is they've done this to lots of other people. Probably lots of other vulnerable young children. It's disgusting! You can't go anywhere these days, it doesn't matter who you are, how old you are, where you are or whether you're totally innocent or not, people find a way to intentionally hurt others. Something needs to be done about it.. & fast! So many people don't even like going out anymore, no wonder all these shops aren't making enough money, with the amount of online users, because nobody wants to go out. & as for those people who have written such immature comments as 'it's only a BlackBerry, they are pretty crap'.. Does it matter what phone it is? No! The moral of the story is it shouldn't be happening. Why should an innocent 12 year old girl, or even anybody, not be able to go out shopping for the day without having their belongings stolen? Think before you speak and just imagine being in the same position! star90
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