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Police: Auburn man stole man’s cell phone

An Auburn man is facing criminal charges for stealing another man's cell phone Tuesday night, the Auburn Police Department said.

Nicholas A. Viola, 27, of 36 Franklin St., Auburn, was picked up on a warrant July 25 and charged with third-degree robbery resisting arrest and violating parole.

Auburn Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said Viola knocked on a man's door on Cottage Street and asked to use the man's phone. After using and returning the phone, Viola asked the victim for money, Anthony said. Anthony said that after the victim reached for his wallet, Viola stole the phone and attempted to take the wallet. The victim chased Viola on foot, took the phone back and called the police. Police later found Viola on Dewey Street, but he resisted arrest, Anthony said.

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