A mother has made an emotional plea for the mobile phone stolen from her vulnerable teenage son to be returned.
Michael Reeks, 14, was out with friends when a thief took his HTC smartphone, worth £100, from him and ran off.
The youngster suffers from Aspergers, a form of autism, which makes it difficult for him to communicate and causes him anxiety and confusion, has not left his home since the incident last Sunday.
Now his mother June, 42, has called for the phone to be returned, saying it is a vital tool for the teen to carry, not only to keep in touch with family but to listen to music when social situations leave him feeling anxious.
She said: “Michael hasn’t been out since this happened, he needs the phone to feel safe and secure.
“He’s very upset.
“Financially we’re not in position to buy him a new phone and we shouldn’t have to either but I might have to now.”
Lancashire Police confirmed it is looking into the matter.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are investigating the matter and following up on a number of lines of enquiry.”
The teen, a pupil at referral unit, Waterloo Lodge, in Chorley, was out walking with friends on St Annes Road, South Shore, when the phone was snatched from him between 1pm and 2pm on April 13.
Mrs Reeks, of Shaw Road, South Shore, said she believes her son has been targeted because of his disability.
Aspergers is a developmental disorder characterised by awkwardness in social situations and affects how a person makes sense of the world and relates to other people.
She added: “Michael needs his phone to feel safe. He doesn’t understand social situations or social cues.
“He doesn’t like going out because he thinks everyone is out to get him and hurt him.
“For him, it’s like someone’s taken his walking stick.”