Man who found lost phone ends up in CCTV appeal

Phone samaritan Phil Brooks who found an i phone in Marks and Spencer, but got into trouble after he handed it into Lancaster Police Station.
Phone samaritan Phil Brooks who found an i phone in Marks and Spencer, but got into trouble after he handed it into Lancaster Police Station.
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A GOOD Samaritan found himself in the frame for a theft after police wrongly picked him out on CCTV.

Luke Brooks got the shock of his life when he realised he was being sought for the theft of an iPhone - after he had handed the lost mobile phone in to the police!

A CCTV image clearly showing Luke was published in the Lancaster Guardian last week at the request of Lancaster police, who said they were trying to identify him in connection with the crime.

The phone had allegedly been stolen from Marks & Spencer on February 24 after a woman left it at the checkout.

But Luke, who lives in Ashton Drive, Skerton, had found the phone while out shopping and handed it in at Lancaster Police Station within hours of it going missing.

“I was with my gran helping her do some shopping in Marks & Spencer when I found the phone at the checkout,” the 27-year-old said.

“I didn’t want to hand it in there because I have lost an iPhone myself before and I wanted to make sure it got returned to its owner quickly, so after I’d taken my gran home I went to the police station to hand it in.

“I didn’t think anything more of it until I got a call from my girlfriend to say I was in the Guardian.

“I thought she was joking at first.

“I didn’t know what to do so I spoke to the policewoman dealing with it and she confirmed that everything I said was true.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (15-03-12) for full story.