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Police: Thief says 'Aha, I got your phone' as he robs 9-year-old girl

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Police say a 9-year-old waiting for her younger sister had a phone taken right out of her hands by a thief, who then fled.

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It happened around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, around Grotto Street and Edmund Avenue, according to a post by the St. Paul Police Department.

The child was waiting there for her younger sister to get off the bus, when the suspect approached her, St. Paul Police spokesperson Steve Linders told BringMeTheNews.

The man, believed to be an adult male, snatched the phone out of the girl's hand and said, "Aha, I got your phone," according to Linders.

He then fled on foot, heading northbound.

Linders said he doesn't believe there were any witnesses or others around at the time. The phone is an LG model valued at about $100.

Police released a photo of someone they believe is the suspect (seen above), via a nearby surveillance camera – Linders said it's not clear if it was taken before or after the theft.

Police are asking anyone who sees the suspect or might know who he is to call 911 or Sgt. Jim Gray at 651-266-5416, noting all calls will be kept anonymous.

Linders said Thursday afternoon they haven't gotten any tips yet, and have not made an arrest.

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