Pickpockets who swiped dozens of phones from Slipknot fans at Manchester Arena jailed


Two pickpockets who swiped dozens of phones from Slipknot fans at Manchester Arena have been jailed.

Mihaita Marius Caban, 34, and Marius Patriche, 33, targeted fans as they were ‘jumping up and down’ at the concert on January 16.

Caban was arrested by British Transport Police officers after he was detained by security staff.

He was found to have 14 phones hidden in a swimming costume he was wearing underneath his clothes, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.

Patriche was also arrested that evening after victims reported that they had tracked their stolen phones to the Ibis Hotel in Salford.

Officers carried out a search of his room at the hotel and found a suitcase containing 10 mobile phones.

Slipknot fans at Manchester Arena were targeted by the pickpockets

They also found concert tickets, cash and swimsuits.

Investigating officer DC Marcus Haigh said the two men ‘preyed on unsuspecting music fans’.

Read more of today’s top stories

He added: “Thanks to the keen eyes of security staff at the Arena who detained Caban, officers were able to arrest him.

“Tracking devices on the stolen phones led officers to Patriche who admitted he had attended the concert intent on a crime spree, removing victims’ phones from their pockets as they were jumping up and down to the music.

The pair targeted fans at a Slipknot concert at Manchester Arena

“Thieves like Caban and Patriche are drawn to busy environments, not just concerts but train stations and anywhere where their victims may be temporarily distracted.

READ  Qualcomm: Expect over 30 5G devices in 2019, 'the year of 5G'

“We advise people to stay vigilant in these situations and to keep an eye on their belongings at all times making sure they are safe and secure and where possible, out of sight.

“We use variety of tactics to deter organised crime gangs from targeting events like these and share information with other agencies in the UK and abroad in a bid to apprehend those responsible.”

Mihaita Marius Caban, of no fixed abode, was jailed for four months on February 3 after pleading guilty to theft charges.

Marius Patriche, also of no fixed abode, admitted theft charges and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison on February 5.

Both were ordered to pay £122 victim surcharge.





READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here