Thief who disrupted Vodafone network gets four-year sentence

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Vitold Kryger was today (January 25) sentenced to four years in jail for stealing routers used by three emergency services and 65,000 Vodafone customers

A burglar who caused disruption to tens of thousands of Vodafone mobile phone customers and emergency services after he stole routers has been sentenced to four years in prison today.

Vitold Kryger, 27, stole four router units worth £190,000 from Virgin Media, who supply network equipment to the Vodafone, in Hayes on July 29 last year.

The routers were used for communications and data for emergency networks in Cambridge, Peterborough and Dorset fire and rescue services who together with 65,000 Vodafone mobile phone users were left without service for up to 48 hours.

Metropolitan police national mobile phone unit (NMPU) detective inspector Mark Loving said: “The unit has had considerable success against the small number of people that target this equipment. Over the last few years the number of offences has dwindled.

“Unfortunately just one offence can have a severe and dramatic impact on business and public safety. I am pleased that Kryger will now be prevented from committing these offences.

“Thanks must go to TDC Donna Murphy and her colleagues at the NMPCU under Operation Yeovil, as well as DC Sam Benbow and his colleagues at Islington, who between them have ensured that business and private residents of London will now be safe from the effects of Kryger’s actions for some time.”

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