Pickpocket who stole 30 mobile phones in a cell after poor reception from Dutch police

The man had stuffed the phones in his cycling shorts
The man had stuffed the phones in his cycling shorts Copyright Amsterdam Police
By Rachael Kennedy
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Dutch police say the arrest was made as part of a "targeted action" against pick-pocketing at a gig by Canadian rockers Sum 41.


A 34-year-old man has been arrested in the Netherlands after police found he had stuffed 30 mobile phones into his cycling shorts.

The suspect, from Romania, was arrested during a Sum 41 music concert in Amsterdam-Zuidoost on January 21 amid a "targeted action" against pickpocketing, according to local police.

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The investigation was launched following a pickpocketing report came in from BelgiumAmsterdam Police

It came after police in neighbouring Belgium reported that 50 mobile phones had been stolen at a concert for the same band in Antwerp earlier in the month.

As a result, extra officers were deployed for the concert in the Netherlands who managed to track down the suspect using descriptions from victims.

The man will remain in custody before facing a judge later this week, the police statement said.

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