Stolen cell phone use leads to arrest of young thief.

By Pepper Parr

BURLINGTON, ON  December 11, 2012  They were never described as the smartest people in the room; police arrest suspect in cell phone robbery cases because the culprit thought he could use the phone and not get caught.

It wasn’t a “cold case” just the kind of plodding detective work that police do as they track down people who take things that don’t belong to them.

As part of an ongoing investigation by the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau police were able to arrest one person involved in robberies that took place October 5th and October 6th.

A 17-year-old Hamilton youth has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of possession of stolen property. A cell phone belonging to one of the victims was recovered.  Does this suggest the thief used the cell phone that was stolen?  That was a smart move.  The identity of the youth is protected under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Efforts continue to identify the remaining two suspects.

Anyone with information that would assist in the investigation is asked to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905 825-4747 x2315, Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-TIPS(8477), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637(crimes).

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