Armenians robbed our phone boxes

Posted: February 10, 2011 in Law & Disorder

Three Armenian nationals were yesterday jailed for 3 years each for stealing an estimated £200,000 from telephone boxes.

Grigor and Karine Gevorgyan and Tigran Aglintsyan, ages 48, 46 and 42 respectively, admitted conspiracy to steal at Leicester Crown Court.

IlieIn September 2009, British Telecom (BT) started an investigation after end-of-year accounts showed a significant drop in revenue from telephone kiosks that had been attacked in Leicester. Investigators examined the payphones and identified an elaborate system for extracting coins, which led officers to three suspects from Leicester.

In May 2010, BT approached Leicestershire Police for assistance with mounting a surveillance operation. As all of the suspects were foreign nationals, a specialist immigration crime team – made up of UK Border Agency and police officers – took on the investigation.

The gang carried out attacks on an estimated 500 telephone boxes across the East Midlands, the South West, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire.

Aglintsyan, from Hinckley Road, was arrested on 22 June 2010 while he was attacking a phone box on Maidenwell Avenue, Hamilton, while Grigor and Karine Gevorgyan were arrested at their home in Empire Road on the same day. All three were charged and remanded in custody on 23 June 2010.
The judge made a recommendation that all three Armenian nationals be deported at the end of their sentences, yeah right!

By the way

Almost 900 suspected criminals, including alleged rapists, have walked free after a European ruling forced Scottish prosecutors to drop charges against them.
Charges of sexual assault, robbery and possession of firearms were also among 867 to have been dropped in the past three months, the Crown Office has revealed.

The cases were abandoned after a review following the landmark “Cadder” ruling on the rights of suspects to legal representation.

In October, judges upheld an appeal by teenager Peter Cadder, whose assault conviction was based on evidence gained before he spoke to his lawyer and contravened the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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