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German market pick pockets jailed

November 28, 2012, 4:27 pm

Pick-pockets from the German market have been jailed as West Midlands Police continues its purge against thieves.

A 23-year-old woman, from Tividale and a 24-year-old man of no fixed address were sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court last week.

The pair were found guilty of stealing a ladys purse from her open handbag on the German market earlier this month.

The woman received a six months jail term and the man received a 26 weeks prison sentence.

City centre officers made a further arrest on Tuesday (27 November) in connection with a theft that happened in the German market ten days before.

The theft was captured by a friend of the victim who was taking a video on his phone at the time.

The images of the suspects were circulated and a man matching the description was spotted in the German market and arrested on suspicion of theft.

The 29-year-old man remains in custody.

Inspector Stuart Bill, from the city centre policing team, said: “We are determined to ensure the safety of people who visit the market this year and a policing operation will remain in place throughout.

“On average two thefts a day are reported to us. Millions of people will attend the market this year to soak up the atmosphere, snap up some presents and join in the Christmas spirit.

“However, a small minority will see the large crowds an opportunity to steal.

“We have a policing operation in place and plain clothes officers are patrolling the markets, but there is something you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim of pick pocketing.

“Put phone, purses and wallets in a place that pick pockets cant reach. Zip up your handbags and do not overtly display your phones and valuables.

“We want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time at the German market and want to send a message out that if you intend to come to the German market to commit crime, we will be watching.”

For further tips on staying safe when out visit: www.safer-streets.org

 
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