They're making very rich pickings - at our cost. As the Christmas shopping spree reaches fever pitch, pickpockets are out in forces taking advantage of crowded high streets and shopping centres to help themselves to our hard-earned cash. So how can you prevent them ruining your Christmas? Well as Callum Watkinson reports, police have now released a video highlighting what we need to watch out for.
A pickpocket has been jailed for six months after stealing £120 from an Essex woman's purse.
Luis Cueva-Mostacero, who is 41-years-old, was jailed on Wednesday, August 7 after pleading guilty to theft.
He committed the offence around 1.15pm on Saturday, April 27 onboard a Bakerloo line train.
The 51-year-old victim from Billericay was aware that Luis was standing behind her.
During the journey, the bag was trapped behind the victim, allowing the thief to dip in and remove her purse before leaving the train.
Det Cons Mark Connor said: "Cueva-Mostacero may have thought he’d avoided detection for this offence, but he was wrong. Our officers identified him from CCTV footage and he was arrested in prison while serving a sentence for similar theft offences.”