Russian convict plots thefts from jail via cell phone: court

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A Moscow court Friday added 30 years jail time to a detainee's sentence after he masterminded the theft of dozens of cargo trucks by means of a mobile phone hidden in his jail cell.

Already serving a 26-year sentence for murder and other crimes, Dmitry Prokhorov had plotted the theft of 24 millions of roubles (800,800 dollars) worth of stolen goods from 2007 to 2008, the court said in a statement.

The convict used a hidden cell phone to directed seven accomplices to pose as a shipping company and approach various firms, including electronics retailer M.Video, gaining access to the goods.

The Moscow City Court said it also fined Prokhorov 500,000 roubles (16,700 dollars) and jailed his accomplices for terms up to 14 years.

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