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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Swiping cell phones, last week we told you police in Garland reported kids were targeted at the bus stops and now families in North Dallas say they’ve seen an increase in cell phone thefts too.

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Police say it’s a growing trend and easy for people to steal cell phones and turn around and sell them.

In far North Dallas people have had their cell phones stolen while they were biking or walking outside.

“First we just started to ride our bikes pretty fast and we were pretty creeped out,” said 11-year-old Thomas Monroe. He and his friend Bennet were pedaling around their neighborhood when they realized a black car was following them.

“We knew something weird was going on,” says Monroe. Four guys started questioning them from inside the car, then one of them got out of the car. “They just came and grabbed my phone.”

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The boys then pedaled to the Monroe’s house. “We want our kids to have phones for security but we don’t want them to be a target because of those phones,” said Karen Monroe, Thomas’ mother.

She was shocked to find out several neighbors were rallying together on social media, posting on Facebook and homeowners associations about similar reports.

Monroe said that she filed a police report and feels better knowing that police will patrol the area and local schools have addressed the problem. Garland Police said the cases are not related, but cell phone thefts are on the uptick.

The best advice, put your phone away and out of sight of criminals.

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