Jail for brothers after spree of mobile phone thefts at Tower Hamlets train stations
PUBLISHED: 11:41 23 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:41 23 September 2013
Two brothers' spree of mobile phone thefts at Tower Hamlets train stations has ended in both being jailed.
Regan Mambo, 22, and his brother Bruno, 24, worked as a team to target passengers at east London stations including East India DLR, All Saints DLR and Bromley-by-Bow Tube.
The brothers, of Crouch Avenue, Barking, would wait on the station platform for a train to arrive and then jump onboard, snatch a passenger’s phone or tablet and then jump off and run away.
They were caught after officers discovered that Bruno had sold one of the stolen phones to a shop and he and Regan were identified from CCTV footage at the train stations.
Bruno denied 13 counts of theft but a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday (19) to three years in prison and received a two-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).
Regan pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft and was jailed for 22 months with a two-year ASBO, which bans both the men from entering any Tube or DLR station as well as Dagenham Dock mainline station.
All the thefts were committed between February 20 and March 10 and most of the victims were women in their 20s.
The sentencing comes as British Transport Police launches a new operation to crack down on theft of personal property and have issued video clips (available at btp.police.uk/theft) to raise awareness of thieves’ common tactics.
Det Con Paul Boreham said: “There are lots of things that passengers can do to make sure they protect themselves from thieves. Remember to zip up your bags and carry them in front of you, keep your jewellery, mobile phones and MP3 players hidden and stay alert to what’s going on around you.”