4 smartphone thefts reported in 24 hours

Most everyone has a cell phone and we often use them in public without a second thought - but that phone in your hand could be a quick pay day for a thief looking to make a few hundred bucks.

During a 24-hour period over the weekend, there were four different police reports of stolen smartphones. Two were held at gunpoint when their smartphones were stolen - one at Washington & LaSalle Streets around 11:00 Sunday morning; the second at Brookside Avenue & 10th Street around 2:10 Sunday morning. A third was hit in the back of the head with a brick to steal their iPhone. The fourth was just 11 years old.

That 11-year-old boy was on his way to a friend's house Sunday down the street from his own. Two teenagers approached him in broad daylight as he played in the northeast-side neighborhood.

"They asked me if they could use my phone," recalled Trevor. "I said, 'no,' they got off the moped, then they hit me, pushed me down on the ground and took my phone."

"I could hear my son. It was an undescribable scream when he came in. He has scars on his back, on his side, his leg and his arm," added Tracy, Trevor's mother.

Trevor was one of nearly a half-dozen smartphone robberies in just 48 hours. In fact, as a warning for people attending Summer Celebration, IMPD Commander Karen Arnett warned residents not to loan your cell phone to strangers. Instead, she suggested - if you can do it safely - offer to make the phone call for them.

If your phone is ever stolen, you should immediately report it to your service provider so they can put it on their "Do Not Activate" list.

Tracy has since replaced her son's cell phone thanks to their insurance policy.