Police say thieves targeting San Diego State University students' cellphones

SAN DIEGO - A spate of cellphone thefts at San Diego State University prompted campus officials Monday to warn students to avoid letting strangers "borrow" them -- a frequent ploy used by thieves.

In recent weeks, several people have fallen prey to crooks who say they need to make a phone call but have no mobile phone, according to SDSU police.

Late Saturday, a man approached a student near a campus transit center and made a similar statement. Having heard about the thefts, the student declined to hand over his phone, walked off and called police to report what had happened.

Officers who found the man nearby took a pistol from him and arrested him on suspicion of a weapons violation. There was no immediate evidence that the man, whose name was withheld, was involved in recent cellphone thefts.

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