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(Washington, DC)  —   DC area police are warning the public about a recent rash of smart phone thefts. Between November and the end of January, police commander Michael Reese says his Second District had 13 cell phone robberies.  Often times the smart phone-snatchers target people who are using their phones or displaying them on the streets, in bars or restaurants and on public transportation.  In fact, Metro Transit police say almost 77-percent of the robberies they handled in 2010 involved electronic devices and half of those incidents were classified as snatch-and-grab crimes.  If thieves steal your smart phone, cell providers will usually work to help prevent fraudulent charges, but they say there is little that can be done to stop a stolen phone from being reactivated.

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