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Judge Robert Rinder has told fans he was robbed by three boys on bikes.
He was walking down Canfield Gardens, just off Finchley Road in South Hampstead when the three men struck.
Tweeting to his 130K followers, the 42-year-old barrister appealed for help in identifying the men, even offering out a cash reward to help find and stop them.
He said: "I've just had my phone grabbed out my hands by 3 boys wearing balaclavas on bikes (Finchley Road & Canfield gardens).
"They laughed as I shouted to drop it.
"I'm in shock but am insured & privileged. Others are less lucky.
"Help me find these people & stop them (financial reward)."
Fans showed their shock and outrage at what had happened.
Singer Beverley Knight replied saying: "I am so sorry Robert. I don't care about privilege, nothing about what happened to you is OK. No one, absolutely no one likes a teefing little rass."
To which Rinder responded: "Hear that. The 'privilege' is knowing that I can sort this out and get it replaced.
"As you know, our phones are lifelines to friends and family (especially in lockdown). For thousands of other victims this means being cut off or losing a fortune. Thanks for your love."
Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy tweeted him: "You poor thing! What absolute b******s.
"Main thing is you're OK. Tried texting you but.....doh. Call if you need anything."
While another fan said: "Oh their panic when they realise they literally robbed Judge Rinder is going to be phenomenal."
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told LADbible: "Police are investigating after receiving a report of a theft at approximately 20.40hrs on Wednesday, 24 March on Finchley Road.
"Three males dressed in black approached the victim and took his mobile phone.
"Enquiries are on-going. No arrests at this early stage."
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