MARTIN Lewis’ wife was left terrified after a motorbike-riding thug mugged her for her mobile phone.
Lara, 41, who is a presenter on the BBC’s Click technology show, opened up about the shocking “snatch and grab” theft.
She explained how “a motorcycle swerved at speed” towards her while she was walking down the street.
However, there was some good news too – as the phone, which features a picture of Martin on the lock screen, was later recovered.
The 48-year-old ITV star, who also founded the Money Saving Expert website, told fans what had happened.
He tweeted: “Last night a moped swerved to the curb & passenger snatched Mrs MSE’s mobile.
“Shaken, I called police to report. 15mins later a kind cyclist called, he’d found it in road. We got it back.”
Lara, who started her career as a weather presenter on Channel 5, posted a picture of the mobile on Instagram.
She wrote: “Smashed after motorbike snatch and grab theft, but not so smashing it seems – I got it back.
Last night whilst out walking, a motorcycle swerved at speed, and the pillion rider grabbed my phone out of my hand.
“As I felt someone behind me, for a split second I’d thought it was an accident happening and hoped the person was okay, then by the time I could turn around my phone was gone – with terrifying pace and accuracy.
“So focussed on mask and hand sanitising these days, I guess I’d forgotten to be so vigilant about this.
“Obviously I was immediately grateful not to be hurt, and that my daughter wasn’t there to witness it – just a bit gutted I’d lost so many photos after a series of inexplicable backup fails.
“After my husband called the police (whilst I mentally figured out the frustrating and time consuming admin I’d need to do), shockingly via a call ‘home’ he got a message from a kind cyclist who had found the phone minutes later (thieves had dumped it).
“Despite how damaged it was, and the coronavirus risk, had picked it up and tried to find its owner.
“Despite some initial weariness, we explained, to his shock, what had happened and asked if he’d meet us in a busy place. He was happy to.
“We jumped in a black cab to get there, told Junior the cabbie the story (he was outraged, and kindly decided to wait with us whilst we checked this wasn’t part two of the scam).
“But when we got there, Sam the cyclist, was an honest nice man, and returned my phone. The screen smashed, but the photos intact. Police report updated.
“The moral of the story? Have an old smartphone that not even a thief thinks is worth having.”
Noting the number of unread emails on display, she added: “(And yes, it does say 7003 e-mails, who’d want to deal with them (don’t worry I have dealt with them all on laptop)?! )”
Martin and Lara got married on 31 May 2009 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Sapphire Susan Lewis.
The star shocked Good Morning Britain viewers in July when he announced he was quitting the show after 17 years.
He explained he will be launching a new weekly live show in September and he “can’t cope” with doing that and the GMB slot as well.
Martin has since been replaced by Emmanuel Asuquo in the ‘Money Matters’ slot.
The growth of moped crime – in which some criminals have stolen up to 30 phones in an hour – has exploded by 1,000 per cent across the UK in recent years.
Victims are often targeted as they’re coming out of train stations and other transport hubs where they’re more vulnerable to attacks.