Police are urging business-owners to be vigilant following the theft of a mobile phone from an estate agency in Louth.
Businesses in the area have previously been targeted by offenders who use distraction techniques to focus the attention of shop staff while personal items, usually phones, are stolen, and this incident may be a variation of such an offence.
Two men visited the estate agency in Cornmarket, Louth, at around 1.15pm on Thursday June 5, purporting to be deaf and showing a clipboard with details of a charity for the deaf, with a request for money.
The two men are described as being aged around 25, with dark hair and a tanned complexion. One was wearing ripped jeans and a cream or white jacket.
Shortly after they left the premises, one of the members of staff discovered her iPhone had been taken from her desk.
Information from other witnesses suggest the two men were not deaf and a link has not been established to any genuine charity for the deaf collecting in the area.
Business owners and staff are being asked to stay vigilant if approached and asked for money in this way and to report anything suspicious to police straight away.
Anyone with information should contact PC Beckie Holt by dialling 101 and quoting incident number 187 of June 5.
Report crimes anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.