A South London man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service after he was prosecuted for reprogramming three stolen handsets.
Mubasher Ahmed, 35, was arrested last month for reprogramming one Samsung and two Sony Ericsson handsets after a two-week police operation conducted in Walworth. He was arrested at his business, mobile phone store Mobi Links.
Ahmed appeared at Tower Bridge Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to three offences of reprogramming mobile phones. He was also ordered to destroy his computer equipment and reprogramming software.
The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit’s Inspector Chris Paice said: “This was a very successful operation in a robbery hotspot in South East London. This crime provides opportunity for thieves to dispose of stolen phones and perpetuates street crime in the UK.”