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Stolen mobile phone handlers arrested

News   •   Sep 12, 2018 16:54 BST

Eight handlers of stolen mobile phones arrested for conspiracy to handle stolen goods

A number of handlers of mobile phones snatched by riders on mopeds have been arrested today, Wednesday 12 September, following morning raids across east London, as part of an intelligence-led operation to tackle moped crime.

Met and City of London police officers from Operation Venice, which tackles moped crime, executed six warrants at addresses in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Havering. This resulted in the arrest of eight males on suspicion of conspiracy to handle stolen goods, offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and encouraging and assisting offenders under section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

Additionally, approximately £30,000 in cash was recovered, as well as 20-30 mobile phones, laptops and camera equipment. A substantial amount of evidence detailing the movement of electrical items abroad was also found.

The suspects currently remain in custody at London police stations.

Detective Inspector Steve Brownlee, Operation Venice, said: “The Met Police is actively targeting moped criminals to ensure we keep the public safe and make offending difficult for those intent on committing these crimes.

“Today’s operation has been incredibly successful and will have seriously dented the organised group assisting with the distribution of stolen property abroad from moped snatches.”