A distraction thief is targeting small businesses in Penwortham

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A thief who uses distraction tactics to steal people's valuables has been targeting small businesses in Penwortham.

Police released an image of the suspect, who allegedly stole a mobile phone from a hair salon in Leyland Road last week.

Police have released an image of the suspect who allegedly stole a mobile phone from a hair salon in Penwortham.

Police have released an image of the suspect who allegedly stole a mobile phone from a hair salon in Penwortham.

The thief entered Two's Company Hair Salon in Leyland Road on Thursday November 22 at 6.15pm.

According to police, the man approached the owner and a customer and engaged them in small talk.

The conversation was a distraction tactic, which he used to allegedly steal a One+ mobile phone from the counter in front of them.

The suspect is described as aged between 25 to 30 years old, Middle Eastern with a slim build.

If you have any information, you can email 2603@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log reference LC-20181122-1086.