A MAN who stole 53 mobile phones during a Royal Blood concert at Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) has been jailed for three years.
Construction worker Alin Marin admitted theft and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 18 December.
Marin was arrested following a police operation based on intelligence that a number of phone thefts had been carried out at previous shows by the band, including at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena (7,500) and Rivermead (3,000) in Reading.
Increased signage highlighting the risk of thefts was introduced at the band’s subsequent concerts at venues such as Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (13,000) and London’s Alexandra Palace (10,250).
“It’s an unfortunate reality that large crowds at concerts can make rich pickings for career criminals,” says sergeant Julia Slater of West Midlands Police.