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Fake Virgin Media UK Broadband Engineers Charged Over Thefts

Monday, November 29th, 2021 (7:56 am) - Score 2,664
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The Leicester Crown Court has sent one man to prison, with another facing an arrest warrant, after the pair were found to have posed as fake broadband ISP engineers in order to steal telecoms equipment from several storage containers, which belonged to Virgin Media (VMO2).

During the hearing Kevin Craig Mills, aged 40 from Coalville, admitted attempting to steal almost £500 worth of property from Virgin Media and theft of £2,000 worth of equipment from four other containers in various locations during October 2020.

However, the defendant’s accomplice, who remains at large and is said to have been in possession of a “special key” to open the containers, was found to be the prime mover after he hired a van specifically to commit the offences to steal Virgin Media’s kit in the Wiltshire and Bristol areas. But the pair were rumbled after one of the operator’s real engineers chased them off.

Judge Keith Raynor said (LeicestershireLive):

“You were told you’d be given some money for assisting in this criminal enterprise. It was a spree lasting several days. What you did caused direct financial harm to Virgin Media and disruption to the business overall.

When apprehended you were wearing construction workers’ clothing and had a metal sign from a sub-contracting firm, it was deeply dishonest.”

Mills was struggling with a drug addiction at the time and claims to have met the other man, who he had known for a number of years, through roofing work before being asked to assist in the crime. Mills has now been jailed for 10-months, and hopefully it won’t be long before the police catch up to his alleged accomplice.

Sadly, it’s not the first time that criminals have posed as fake engineers in order to steal telecoms equipment. Last year, the Worcester Crown Court convicted three men after they dressed up as fake engineers in order to steal vital backup batteries from Openreach’s (BT) street cabinets, which supply broadband and phone connectivity to homes and businesses (here).

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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2 Responses
  1. Alan says:

    I recall decades ago I was working for BT, overnight we were drawing in a lengh of undergound cable that had been damaged. It was rural road so it had to be closed to work safely
    About 3pm, we were all sitting in the back of the lorry having a brew when all the lights failed. Looked out the back to see all the floodlights out.
    Blast, we thought the generator has run out of petrol.
    I walked down the road with a torch to find the generator was missing, Some rogue had stole it together with 2 full cans of petrol
    Travellers were suspected who had newly arrived in an adjacent village

  2. MilesT says:

    A few years ago Openreach was pulling new cables in Holt, Norfolk.

    Job left part done and coned off overnight. Cables stolen and some working circuits damaged as well.

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