So tonight happened;

I was walking home between 21:10 and 21:15 from the fortnightly D&D meet up at work. Walking down Oxford Street towards the station, I had crossed over early and was just getting to the entrance of Sainsburyโ€™s on the crossroads. I was distracted, talking to my wife and happy to be heading home after a long day in the office.

I felt a jolt from behind me. Before I knew it my phone was no longer in my hand and two darkly dressed males โ€”black jacket, black trousers and one at least with dark hairโ€” were running across the junction and towards Whitworth Street. After exclaiming a word I would not normally use in public, I gave chase.

I followed them right up Whitworth Street and turned left over the bridge on Princess Street. At this point I was pretty much out of breath, being rather unfit as of late. I realised that the two seemed to have stopped across the road on Canal Street behind the wall. So I again started to follow them in a chase along Canal Street. Toward the latter end of the road, I realised something was amiss; they didnโ€™t seem to be trying to get away but goading me into following them.

I stopped and spoke to a few people outside one of the local bars. They had presumed something had taken place as the two had run past, and warned me that a group tended to congregate in the direction they had run and that it was not a good idea to follow them alone.

I am writing this an hour after the fact. The lovely folks outside the bar โ€”I forget itโ€™s name sorry!โ€” allowed me to call my wife to let her know I was okay. The staff at Oxford Road station were just as helpful in letting me use a phone to give her an update. Finally, someone called Dave let me wirelessly tether and see if I could use find my device. I was able to trigger device lock for the time being, but will likely just trigger a remote wipe. I very much doubt the phone will get turned back on again, or have internet connectivity if it does.

I've called Greater Manchester Police and got a crime reference. Itโ€™s really shaken me up, and I think the shock of it all has only just started to wear off. Iโ€™m angry that something I worked so hard for โ€”and paid forโ€” was taken from me by people who likely just donโ€™t give a damn.

Iโ€™ve learned a valuable lesson; one that I had known but got comfortable and forgotten. Donโ€™t have your valuables easily accessible. Iโ€™ll probably be using hands free from now on, if I am even able to replace the device I lost. On the bright side, all the pictures I had taken with it are backed up in Google Photos. Probably not the videos, but luckily I had it for little over a week so there werenโ€™t too many of those. Turns out the backup didn't happen as well, so thats all those photos lost too ๐Ÿ˜ข.