Teen telephone thieves convicted


A teenage gang stole iPhones and Blackberries from shops in Liverpool and Wirral shops to sell for profit.

The group, the youngest of whom was just 14, targeted shops across Merseyside during a two-month thieving spree.

Two of the youngest boys, who can't be named for legal reasons, have already been sentenced to rehabilitation orders at Liverpool youth court.

Twenty-year-old Shaun Keyes was sentenced at Liverpool crown court after pleading guilty to five charges of theft.

Prosecutor Robert Jansen, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said the first theft was of an iPhone 4 from Mobile Doctor in Smithdown Road, Wavertree, on January 15. Keyes ran off with it after asking to look at it.

Similar crimes followed over the following weeks at CEX Exchange, in Birkenhead, where an iPhone 4S was taken, and Three Mobile, at the Strand, in Bootle, where they ripped a Blackberry and HTC phone off their security cords.

Mr Jansen added that the gang also targeted two Cash Converters shops in Liscard and Birkenhead, where the teens distracted the shop assistants and stole their personal mobile phones.

Keyes, from Kensington, was sent  to a young offenders institution for 20 months.


For more information contact Sharon King, Area Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire on 0151 239 6465.