Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Google maps and dummy iPhones used in Londoners' crime spree across Northern Ireland, court hears

Dummy iPhones may have ordered in from China to replace genuine models taken from stores
Dummy iPhones may have ordered in from China to replace genuine models taken from stores

Three men travelled from London to go on a mobile phone shoplifting spree across Northern Ireland, the High Court heard today.

They used Google maps to target retailers in Enniskillen, Omagh and Dungannon and steal more than £4,000 worth of goods, it was claimed.

Prosecutors alleged that dummy iPhones may have ordered in from China to replace genuine models taken from stores.

Details emerged as bail was refused to one of the men accused of carrying out the single-day crime blitz.

Paul Seed, 31, of Arbrook Court, Orpington, London, faces four charges of theft on September 9.

He is further accused of going equipped for theft with a pair of nail clippers the following day.

Seed was arrested with his two co-accused in the Craigavon area.

According to the prosecution smartphones had already been stolen from O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores.

The court was told that the total value of models taken amounted to £4,200.

Refusing bail, the judge held there were no available terms which could manage the risk of releasing Seed.

Mr Justice Horner said: "The defendant with two others is accused of coming over to Northern Ireland in an obvious shoplifting spree designed to steal mobile phones from various shops in Northern Ireland.

"He is (allegedly) involved in a well-organised crime gang. In those circumstances I cannot be satisfied I can impose any conditions on him."

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