Alin Marin has been jailed for three years
A pickpocket has been jailed for three years after he stole more than 50 phones at a Royal Blood gig and concealed them in a full-length swimsuit.
Alin Marin was described by police as a “human deposit box” after stealing the phones from fans who were in the moshpit at at the Arena Birmingham gig on November 18.
The 22-year-old’s scheme was ultimately foiled because undercover West Midlands Police officers were sent into the crowd after receiving intelligence about thieves targetting Royal Blood fans at a gig earlier in the year.
Marin managed to conceal 53 mobile phones in the outfit, but he was arrested in Broad Street shortly after leaving the gig. The phones were later recovered in a nearby car park.
He was jailed for three years at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday after admitting the offence.
Birmingham city centre Police Sergeant Julia Slater said: “This was organised pickpocketing… Marin went equipped to steal phones and took advantage of revellers enjoying themselves in the standing area.
“Many of the phones were taken from front jeans pockets, which people believe is a safer place to carry valuables, but due to the jostling in the mosh pit they simply didn’t realise they’d been targeted.
“He slipped phones inside the swimsuit and effectively turned himself into a deposit box for the phones, allowing him to carry tens of phones concealed around his body.”
She added: “It’s an unfortunately reality that large crowds at concerts can make rich pickings for career criminals.
“We’re on to these offenders but you can also reduce your chances of falling victim to such crimes by remaining extra vigilant; look out fort suspicious behaviour and only take the valuables with you that you really need.”