Phone theft and airport arrest linked

Police have released an image of a man they are keen to speak to in connection with a mobile phone theft at a Wigan shopping centre.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 5:39 pm
Updated Friday, 4th March 2016, 6:46 pm
CCTV image of a man GMP want to speak to in connection with the theft of a mobile phone

At about 1.20pm on Monday December 14 a man walked into the Vodafone shop in the Grand Arcade, selected an iPhone from the stand, cut the wire, and left with it.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are keen to identify in connection with the theft.

On December 23, a different man was arrested at Manchester Airport after being found in possession of 36 mobile phones and approximately £18,000 in cash.

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He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and money laundering and is currently on police bail whilst police continue with their enquires. One of the phones the man had in his possession was later discovered to be the phone stolen from Vodafone on December 14.

Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Det Con Andy Kettle said: “We are working to establish the link between the theft of the iPhone and the man arrested at Manchester Airport.

“I am keen to identify the man in the CCTV and I would urge you to come forward if you recognise him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 0231, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.