A pair of pickpockets have been locked up after they were caught trying to steal from a woman’s handbag at Piccadilly Circus Tube station.
Plain clothed police officers spotted Walid Ferragh and Abdul Boumssaid acting suspiciously around the woman on December 9 last year.
As soon as the two men attempted to dip into the woman’s bag, the officers intervened and arrested them.
According to British Transport Police, the pair tried to steal the woman’s phone and bank cards.
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Ferragh, 22, of Garratt Terrace in Wandsworth, was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, extended to 38 weeks in prison for breaching a previous suspended sentence.
Boumssaid, 24, of no fixed address, was jailed for 14 weeks and fined £200 for possession of cannabis.
They were both sentenced on Wednesday, January 20.
Chief Inspector Stuart Middlemas, of the British Transport Police, said: “This is a very good example of how we operate as a police force, and particularly how we police the thest of people’s property, which we take very seriously.
“Our specialist teams, like the proactive theft team, often wear plain clothes when patrolling, so even when you can’t see us, we’re still there, on hand and ready to respond.”
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