Spain police put stolen phones on show

Spanish police said Tuesday they are putting on display scores of stolen mobile telephones so their owners can claim them, after a crackdown on thefts in Madrid`s underground train network.

AFP| Last Updated: May 21, 2014, 09:22 AM IST

Spain:Spanish police said Tuesday they are putting on display scores of stolen mobile telephones so their owners can claim them, after a crackdown on thefts in Madrid`s underground train network.

"The national police is looking for the owners of 109 mobile telephones recovered in the Madrid underground," it said in a statement with a photo of the phones and several e-book readers.

"They are devices found or confiscated from people who could not prove they were the owners."

The loot will be on display for several weeks in a police station on the Puerta del Sol square in the central tourist district of Madrid, it said.

Police said they recovered 258 phones and six tablet devices overall in a recent operation. Most of the items have been returned to their owners.

For the rest, those whose phones have been stolen or lost can go to the station with evidence of ownership, such as a police theft report or the original box for the device.

Madrid police last year said they had arrested several expert pickpockets.