Man arrested at concert with 38 mobile phones found in his trouser leg

Image of phones- courtesy of West Midlands Police

Image of phones- courtesy of West Midlands Police

Two men aged 30 were arrested last month (27th Jan) on suspicion of theft at the Libertines concert in Birmingham.  Both men were spotted by the Police at the concert which was held at the re-branded Barclaycard Arena.  Both men had their trousers taped closed around the bottom of the legs.

West Midlands Police had set up an operation at the Arena in Birmingham following earlier reports that Libertines Gig-goers had targeted at a concert earlier on their tour in Manchester.

Inspector Gareth Morris, who oversees local policing in Birmingham: “It’s an unfortunately reality that large crowds at concerts such as this make rich pickings for career criminals.

Libertines Peter Doherty and Carl Barat

Libertines Peter Doherty and Carl Barat

“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 also 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.

The Libertines are currently touring the UK as part of their first arena tour, they were supported in Birmingham by The Enemy and The Sherlock’s.  The concert also had a guest appearance from the “Libertines very own poet” Jack Jones.