The Herald

Police team targets mobile phone thefts


A TEAM of specialist police officers attempting to solve Glasgow robberies are tackling mobile phone thefts head on.

The Greater Glasgow Community Investigat­ion Unit say that robberies involving mobile phone thefts are still a real issue for them.

Detective Inspector Alasdair Barlow, who heads the unit of around 30 officers, said: “Mobile phones in particular is a real issue for us.

“Where are all these phones going? We are keen to find out.”

He added: “We also don’t have a massive success rate in recovering mobile phones.

“I would also say to the public if you are getting offered a deal that sounds too good to be true the chances are it is because it has been stolen from someone.”

Det Insp Barlow said that there was recently an alleged tag team believed to be carrying out mobile phone robberies in the city.

The victims of these alleged crimes were vulnerable and under the influence of alcohol after nights out in the city centre.

Individual­s were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for nine alleged robberies which had taken place in Glasgow city centre since the start of September.

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