22-year-old Romanian named Alin Marin was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing 53 phones during Royal Blood’s November 18 show in Birmingham, UK.
West Midlands Police reports that Alin mostly stole the phones in the moshpit and had managed to conceal them inside a full-length swimsuit he was wearing.
The sentence was handed to Marin yesterday (December 18) by the Birmingham Crown Court after he admitted the offense.
Birmingham city centre Police Sergeant Julia Slater stressed that the jail sentence is meant to send a message to all the traveling thieves out there, saying:
“This was organized pickpocketing… Marin went equipped to steal phones and took advantage of revelers 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 realize 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.”
“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 behavior and only take the valuables with you that you really need.”