Man arrested after 53 mobile phones stolen at Royal Blood gig
A man has been arrested after more than 50 mobile phones were stolen at a gig in Birmingham.
The 22-year-old was held after police found 53 handsets in his possession following the Royal Blood performance at the Arena Birmingham on Saturday night.
West Midlands Police officers set up an operation after intelligence suggested that gig-goers had been targeted at previous concerts by the band.
The suspect was stopped in nearby Broad Street and the 53 mobile phones were recovered.
Officers are now appealing for people who attended the gig and had their phone stolen to contact them.
Detective Sergeant Jeff Clifford from Force CID, said: “Currently the vast majority of victims have been identified, but we urge anyone who attended the concert who is missing a phone to call 101. Log 671 19/11/17 being used to record new reports.
He added: “It’s an unfortunately a reality that large crowds at concerts such as this make rich pickings for career criminals.
“We’re hot on the heels of these offenders but you can also reduce your chances of falling victim to such crimes by remaining extra vigilant when attending busy events.
“If you think you had your phone taken last night, please get in touch with us and we can check whether or not we have been able to recover it.”
People are urged to record details of their mobile phones and other valuables on the national property register at www.immobilise.com , which can help police reunite stolen items with owners.
Anyone with information about theft in Birmingham should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.