"I don't know that I would usually be that brave," she said, "but there were people around and I was hoping someone would either stop him or at least, see his face and recognize him."
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Desjardins had been walking along the west side of Wood Avenue near de Maisonneuve talking to her father when the theft occurred.
"Stick to areas that are well lit and not isolated, don't expose the items needlessly, be aware of your surroundings and be aware if anyone is following you."
Desjardins is thankful that she does not make it a habit to conduct banking or financial transactions with her phone but admits having her contact information in someone else's hands is unsettling. After the theft, she contacted her service provider requesting they block all her calls and she's since purchased a new phone, choosing one that specifically had remote wipe capabilities to restore the phone to factory settings in the event that it's lost or stolen.
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was involved in this little chase," said Desjardins.
The pair then drove off in an effort to intercept the thief, following him up Wood, over to Vignal Street, onto Chemin Barat and over to Holton Avenue.
The suspect was in his late teens or early 20s and was wearing pale grey sweat pants, sweat shirt, and running shoes. He stood approximately five feet ten inches and Desjardins said Nike Vapormax Gray he may have been Asian. Though she never Nike Uptempo For Toddlers
Pimentel said people engrossed in a conversation or music are easier targets for thieves as their attention is often distracted. "We used to tell people to hold on to their purses," he said. "Now what has a lot of value is these electronic devices."
Police Station 12 socio community officer Adalbert Pimentel confirmed that theft of personal electronic items like cell phones and iPods are increasing and offered safety tips for residents.
She later found out the driver himself had been robbed of his own phone three weeks before leaving him equally keen to apprehend the thief.
As she chased him up to Sherbrooke Street, a mini van driver stopped at a red light opened his door and beckoned Desjardins to "jump in".
The assailant grabbed the hand Desjardins was using to hold the phone and punched her with it, forcing her to release her grip on the device. He then immediately ran away with Desjardins in pursuit yelling at him to stop.
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got the full name of the man who came to her rescue, she's thankful for all the help she received from the perfect strangers who knew of her plight and stepped up to help.
banking or financial transactions with her phone but admits having her contact information in someone else's hands is unsettling.
Though that pursuit was unsuccessful, on their way back to Wood Avenue, another motorist called out that the suspect had been seen going down Atwater Avenue.
"At that point, the driver slammed on his brakes and jumped out, continuing the chase on foot down the alleyway," said Desjardins.
"At first I thought it was a practical joke," said Desjardins of the early April experience, "but when I turned around, it was some kid in a jogging suit. I believe he was out looking for somebody just like me to steal a phone from."
"Your phone is basically a little computer with all your personal information on it," Desjardins said, confirming that the entire experience has taught her a valuable lesson. "I didn't think this type of thing would happen in safe little Westmount."
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