Jailed: The thief with 20 mobile phones down his tights
PUBLISHED: 06:53 29 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:57 29 November 2012
A thief who was caught with 20 stolen mobile phones down a pair of tights he was wearing under his trousers after a tracking device helped police locate him, has been jailed, it has emerged.
Ionut Guita was arrested and charged in connection with a spate of phone thefts at the Sundown Festival at the Norfolk Showground in Costessey earlier this year.
Police were called on September 2 after a young woman reported her iPhone stolen. The victim, together with her friend, used a tracking application to trace the phone to the McDonald’s restaurant at Longwater Lane where she contacted police.
Officers entered the restaurant and dialled the number of the stolen phone to identify the thief who was searched and found to have 20 phones hidden in a pair of tights which he was wearing under his trousers.
Guita, of Corporation Street, London, has been sentenced to a total of 30 months and two weeks in prison after he pleaded guilty to all theft charges.
The 23-year-old, who pleaded guilty to the theft offences at Norwich Magistrates’ Court in September, appeared at Inner London Crown Court last week where he was sentenced for the thefts, a burglary in Stratford on June 13 this year and for failing to surrender.
Detective Sergeant Vicky Flatt, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Community Safety team, welcomed the sentence. She said: “We know these types of events get targeted by thieves, as this case demonstrates. Festivals are ideal hunting grounds for thieves because people in large crowds are less likely to notice a pick-pocket or someone tampering with their bag.
“In this case a ‘find my phone’ application was used to trace the stolen mobile, which proved crucial in locating and detaining Guita and we would encourage people with smart phones to make use of these apps.”
She added: “Our efforts in targeting these offenders will continue and I hope the custodial sentence acts as a warning to others.”