A Food Panda deliveryman is appealing for information about the whereabouts of a man who was caught on camera swiping the deliveryman’s smartphone seconds after he mistakenly left the phone behind at a the counter of an eatery.
The incident occurred on 15 Nov, around 8pm, as the deliveryman – Yeo Jun Jie – was purchasing food at a food outlet at Block 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3. Yeo accidentally left his phone behind as he left the eatery while his phone was still on the counter.
Yeo returned soon after, realising that he had left his phone – a black Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – but found that his phone was gone.
When the eatery’s owner shared CCTV footage capturing the counter area, Yeo clearly saw a fellow customer who was behind Yeo in the que walk up to the counter and allegedly pocket the phone.
Sharing the CCTV footage online, Yeo appealed:
“I abhor online shaming and what not. But the fact that I’m posting this shows how desperate I am to retrieve my phone. So here goes.
“I was working for a food delivery company. 3 days ago on 15/11/2017 Weds at around 8pm, I was due to pick up food from a stall in AMK Ave 3 Block 232 (I am the one in the pink/grey shirt). I came, collected my deliverable and left. To my negligence, I left my phone on the counter of the stall. When I realised and went back to check, my phone was already gone.
“I am thankful to the store owner and a few other strangers who lent me their phones for me to locate my phone. However, this sneaky guy had switched off the phone briefly after acquiring it (you can faintly see that he did so in the video). He has a neat haircut, and was wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants.
“The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Black with 32GB internal storage. People who know me, know that I am a frugal person. I have been using this phone for the past 4 years. Bought it with my first NS pay. Went through ups and downs with it. Other than sentimental value, the phone also contains sensitive information (no I don’t mean porn). I do also admit that it is my fault for not applying a screen lock. My heart has been in an absolute wreck after losing the phone. I am unable to have 7 hours of uninterrupted rest at night.
“So I appeal to you, if you do know this guy, or have any leads, please PM me. Also, please help and share for the chance to recover my phone increases as exposure increases.
“I would like to thank Auntie Cat, supervisor of the coffee shop for rendering assistance and letting me view and record this CCTV footage.
“P.S. From the CCTV, this guy came into the coffee shop from the car park. From the way he dresses, he looks like a taxi driver. However, I could be wrong and please take this opinion with a pinch of salt.”
This latest case comes less than a month after a woman was caught on CCTV cameras stealthily swiping a previous customer’s smartphone at the payment counter of a LiHo outlet at Bugis Junction.
The victim eventually received her phone, with the help of the police who had tracked the alleged thief down. However, she was disappointed to find that her phone’s memory and data had been wiped clean.
Her identity and bank cards that she had stored in her phone’s case were also reportedly scattered in various rubbish bins around Singapore.