Five men have been arrested following a string of distraction thefts in the city centre.
Since 20 November 2014, the prolific thieves have been targeting people sat at cafes and restaurants, being linked to nearly 30 thefts in total.
On every occasion the offenders have approached someone sitting at a table and have asked them directions. They have then distracted them with a map or a leaflet which they have placed over the victimâ€™s phone.
They have then swept up the phone along with the map and left with it.
They have struck at more than a dozen locations, including cafes and restaurants at Deansgate Locks, Oxford Road, Albert Square, the Corn Exchange and the Northern Quarter. The victims have been aged between 10 and 74.
Now five men, aged 21, 25, 27, 44 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of Â theft and remain in police custody for questioning.
Enquiries are on going.