School and college IT administrators might want to warn their students about the latest hot target for thieves: T-Mobile Sidekick cell phones.

Nisha Taylor was just about to put her beloved Sidekick in her bag. She thought the cell phone would be safer there than in her pocket. In the few seconds it took for the 18-year-old to unwind the string loop that held the Sidekick to her wrist, someone else eyed the device and made off with it.

"He just runs and he hits the phone," Taylor said. "The string pops. The phone goes up in the air. He catches it...

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