Shocking moment woman pretending to be a beggar steals phone from coffee shop customer with cunning distraction trick – before skipping off down the road with joy

A shameless thief who posed as a beggar to steal a mobile phone was caught on video jumping for joy in the street moments later.

The fake homeless person was filmed walking into a cafe in North Finchley, London and approaching two men.

Dressed in a gray coat and white woolly hat, the fraud noticed that one of them had his phone on the table.

When the female thief started talking to the man and asked for money, she put down a piece of paper.

The fake homeless person was filmed walking into a cafe in North Finchley, London and approaching two men

The fake homeless person was filmed walking into a cafe in North Finchley, London and approaching two men

The fake beggar can be seen placing a piece of paper from the men's phone

The fake beggar can be seen placing a piece of paper from the men’s phone

Explaining her made up state, the sheet closed his phone.

She is seen chatting with the male friends for 12 seconds before using the paper as a veil to move the mobile phone into her hand.

The other man gave the woman some coins and she turned away from the table.

She quickly left the coffee shop before the victim realized his phone was missing.

After stealing the phone, the thief was seen dancing in the street and moments later at 1.50pm on Friday, January 26, getting into a waiting car outside.

Jumping for joy: Moments later, the thief is seen dancing in the road after successfully stealing the phone

Jumping for joy: Moments later, the thief is seen dancing in the road after successfully stealing the phone

The Met Police were approached.  A resident in the area said a similar crime happened to her

The Met Police were approached. A resident in the area said a similar crime happened to her

The owner of the cafe reported the theft to the police.

It is learned that the fake beggar had a female accomplice.

A North Finchley local, Channel Lilley, said: ‘It happened to me in Wood Green.’

Another, called Bella, said: ‘This is why I don’t help people like this anymore.

“I’m just not saying move away.”

Kamran added: ‘It better not happen to me.

“Or else whoever that person is will think of trying to steal me in some way, not alive.”

The Met Police have been approached for comment.