Woman held stolen phone in bra for ransom

rlurye@islandpacket.comMarch 19, 2014 

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A Hilton Head Island man reported that a woman stole his cellphone at a bar Friday by hiding it in her bra, then demanded cash to return it, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.

The 23-year-old victim told deputies he had been drinking heavily at Reilley's Plaza on Greenwood Drive on Hilton Head about 1:30 a.m. when he dropped his company phone on the floor. A woman picked up the Samsung Galaxy, put it in her bra and said he could have it back for $40, according to the report.

The man withdrew the cash from an ATM and returned to give it to the woman, who then asked for $200. The man followed the woman around the plaza the rest of the night trying to get his phone back, but she refused, the report said.

On Saturday, the man called his phone and spoke with the woman, who agreed to meet him in Hardeeville near Interstate 95 exit 8. She later changed her mind and stopped answering his calls, the report said.

The victim reported the theft to the Sheriff's Office later that morning. When deputies asked why he did not seek help from officers while he was at the bar, the man said he thought he could handle it and didn't think calling "the man" was necessary.

Deputies told him it was unlikely they would be able to recover the phone.

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