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Mum sends 4-year-old son to steal iPhone from Chinese store

A mother distracted a shop assistant while she sent her small son to swipe an iPhone 4S

A four-year-old boy in China stole an iPhone 4S while his mother distracted the shop assistant, it has been reported.

Surveillance footage reveals that the shop assistant's iPhone was stolen from the counter of a clothing store in Chongqing city, while a female customer created a distraction by pretending to be rich and requesting to try on all of the new clothes in the store.

While the mother was putting on her best act, the four-year-old boy ran to the counter and grabbed the phone, handing it back to the mother discretely. According to the report, the whole process took less than three seconds.

The pair made their escape by claiming to need to go to a cash machine in order to get money out to pay for the clothes. Of course, they never returned.

The report suggests that the boy may have received "some specialised training" to teach him how to steal phones in this manner.

There have been several cases in which iPhone thieves have been busted after foolish flaunting of their loot on Facebook and iCloud.

In May, an iCloud user who had her iPhone stolen created a Facebook album of photos taken by the device since it was swiped. Because the iPhone was hooked up to Apple's iCloud, photos taken with the device are being streamed to Katy McCaffrey's account.

[via M.I.C Gadget]

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