Gang of 12 youths ransacked 45 mobile stores in London last year.
Jail terms were this week handed out to a gang of 12 youths who robbed hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stock from Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Vodafone stores last summer, Mobile News has reported.
The gang hit 45 stores across London, leaving members of staff distressed after violently removing smartphones and tablets from displays.
Collectively, the gang will serve eight years and eight months in jail, after all 12 submitted guilty pleas to one offence of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Police arrested the gang following an intelligence-led operation by the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU), supported by Croydon CID.
NMPCU detective chief inspector Robert Mahoney, commented: “These convictions should act as a warning to anyone involved in this type of activity that the MPS will robustly and swiftly deal with those who use intimidation to fulfil their greed.
“We have worked closely with key business partners, including Carphone Warehouse and local boroughs impacted by these offences, to obtain vital evidence and reduce the fear of crime and the professionalism of officers and staff will ensure this particular gang no longer represent a threat to Londoners.”
Carphone Warehouse said: “The safety and welfare of our employees and customers are our main priorities. After a series of robberies on our stores, we are pleased that the individuals responsible have been caught and will be sentenced in February. We will continue to work closely with the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit and the police to assist them with any further enquiries.”