Brothers jailed for phone snatching

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TWO brothers have been jailed for snatching phones from commuters earlier this year.

Regan Mambo, 22, and Bruno Mambo, 24, both of Crouch Avenue, Barking, appeared at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday, 19 September.

Bruno was sentenced to three years in prison alongside a three-year ASBO after being found guilty of 13 counts of theft following a trial.

Regan was sentenced to 22 months in prison and was handed a two-year ASBO. The ASBO stops both men from entering any London Underground or Docklands Light Railway station as well as Dagenham Dock mainline station.

The court heard that the team of two committed a number of thefts between Wednesday, 20 February and Sunday, 10 March throughout London’s rail network.

They would wait for the train to come into the station then jump aboard to snatch a passengers phone or valuables before jumping off and fleeing.

Detective Constable Paul Boreham, the investigating officer, said: “The men were caught after officers discovered that Bruno had sold one of the stolen phones to a shop.

“He was identified, along with Regan, on CCTV at the train stations and they were both arrested at their home address.”

BTP have just launched a long-term scheme designed to crack down on the theft of passengers property and crimes like the one above, called Operation Magnum.

DC Boreham reminds members of the public they must stay alert of what’s going on around them, zip up bags and keep jewellery, mobile phones and other valuables hidden.

To get advice on how to keep your valuables safe while travelling go to www.btp.police.uk/theft.

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