Like a lot of kids, Dalton Gormel has one.
"It was an HTC Evo, the first one."
Make that, had a phone.
"I was like upset, because it's gone missing. It disappeared."
During a recent visit to his doctor, Dalton's phone was stolen.
"I'm like, what the heck? It was the only phone I had, so I gotta have it."
Police say stories like this are becoming more and more common.
"Currently, we are seeing a pattern," said Rochester Police Sgt. Greg Bello, who says there's also a pattern as to how it's happening.
"Perfect example would be somebody walking down the street, with their cell phone out, either talking or texting, just general distracted behavior, and somebody coming up and taking the cell phone from them."
In some recent cases, city residents have even been robbed at gunpoint for their expensive cell phones.
"Seeing iPods, cell phones and headphones that are distracting people, and people are getting injured, abducted, it's not a good thing," said Debra Magone-Fragale.
Magone-Fragale is a martial arts instructor. She tells her students to always be aware of their surroundings when it comes to using mobile devices.
"Save the texting, save the headphones for places where you're safe and secure. Don't be afraid. Just be alert."
A sentiment echoed by police.
"Really, just be aware of your surroundings, have somebody with you, use it in a public place where you're not putting yourself in that position to become a victim," Bello said.
Police say solving cell phone thefts is difficult. For one, the victims no longer have a phone with which to call 911.
Authorities say many stolen phones are sold online, or to pawn shops, or to dealers who unload the stolen devices.
"A cell phone is an electronic device that has quite a bit of value to it," Bello said.
"Now you got this little compact thing that's worth hundreds of dollars. It doesn't surprise me at all. It's sad, but not surprising," said Magone-Fragale.
Dalton's mom reported his phone stolen. It's been replaced.
"I got this phone. Samsung Galaxy Epic S."
He's also learned a hard lesson.
"Yeah, always keep it in your pocket," said Dalton. "Don't trust any stranger. Just trust your family."