Lincoln smartphone thief jailed

A Lincoln man has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for a street robbery and stealing mobile phones in the city.

Shane Goss (33) of Kirkby Street in Lincoln, admitted robbery and theft and was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, May 3.

The charges related to a street robbery on December 30 last year in the city centre in which Goss used force to take an iPhone from a man.

He was also convicted for a further offence where Goss stole a Nokia Lumia from a 16-year-old boy having asked to borrow it.

Lincolnshire Police DC Nick Hakes said: “Mobile phone theft is a real issue in the city.

“The victim of one of these crimes did not report it to us and it was only after investigation into other matters that we were able to detect it and bring the offender to justice.

“We hope this conviction and sentence demonstrates to the public that we do take this type of crime seriously and we do get results when they are reported to us.”