Wetherspoons Cambridge: Thief grabbed phone from man’s pocket in Regal after squeezing it in toilet

A thief who stole a phone from a man’s pocket while giving him a hug has been jailed. Dere Gute, 32, approached the victim in the Regal Pub toilets in Cambridge on February 26 and made the gesture.

The victim then noticed that his phone was missing. He reported it to the bar staff and explained that he hadn’t seen him since returning from the toilet, giving a brief description of the man who hugged him.

Around 15 minutes later, pub bar staff received another report of a missing phone. The first victim then had an altercation with a man recognized as Gute, explaining that he was the one who stole his phone.

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Door staff escorted Gute to a back office where two cell phones were discovered concealed in his belt. The police were called and he was arrested.

Gute, of Lower Fosters, New Brent Street, Greater London, pleaded guilty to stealing a mobile phone and breaching a suspended sentence. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison by Cambridge Crown Court on Monday May 9.

PC Rachel Thomas, who investigated, said: ‘Gute turned out to be a prolific thief with no intention of stopping. We take these incidents very seriously and work hard to bring offenders to justice.

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