We thought everybody knew that the phones on display in phone shops were worthless, well everybody except Bubba Ambala who must have thought he hit the jackpot when he made off with three display mobile phones which he thought were real!

And this isn’t the first time the 19-year-old from Birmingham has been caught doing something stupid, six months before the phone incident he was caught on camera raiding an apartment in the block of flats he lived in, which officers had set up with cameras in an elaborate sting operation. He stole cash, a pair of trainers and two T-shirts.

Ambala was giving a suspended sentence for the robbery in September 2011 but still went on to steal the fake phones from 3 Mobile shop in Solihull, West Midlands in March. The teenager admitted theft and was jailed for six months at Warwick Crown Court on Thursday.

However Recorder Richard Bond has let Ambala off lightly, and do you wanna know why? Because he wants him to continue his IT studies at college. Which sounds perfectly fair because a teenager with IT skills who has a thing for stealing is just what Britain needs.