We wrote last month about the elaborate and successful effort by a pair of San Diego friends to recover a stolen iPhone. Today comes word of a similar scenario involving San Diego Reader film critic Scott Marks.

It all went down last night at a food court and mall environs, prior to a press screening of A Good Day to Die Hard. A hoodlum grabbed about.com journalist Rebecca Murray‘s Smarphone and ran, followed in hot pursuit by her, Marks and their colleague David Pinson. Per Marks:

Like a schmuck, I grab onto the guy hoping to detain him until the fuzz arrive. He takes one look at me, socks me in the shoulder, and makes a mad dash to the getaway car parked in the Off 5th lot.

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