CCTV footage shows the thieves targeting mobile phone users in the street
CCTV cameras have captured alarming footage of a couple of moped riding thieves trying to steal mobile phones out of people’s hands as they walk the streets of London.
Four people were targeted by the thieves within a few minutes of each other, all of which were caught on CCTV.
Two thieves riding mopeds swiped a phone from a man’s hands on Sun Street but dropped it on the floor. The owner of the phone retrieved it.
Moments later, the two thieves snatched a phone from another person on the same street and rode off with it. Seconds later, the bikers are spotted on Primrose Street, where they attempt to snatch a phone from a woman who was using it at the time but were unsuccessful.
Not satisfied with just one phone, they cross the road and target another person with a mobile phone at the Bishopsgate junction and ride off.
The crime spree started on Thursday, December 29 at around 6pm, say the police.
A number of similar incidents across the City of London have been reported over the festive season. Police are warning mobile phone users to stay alert whilst using them, as they could be targeted by these thieves in a matter of seconds.
“The City of London Police is continuing to target this trend as part of Operation Attrition,” said a spokesman from the City of London Police.
The police have issued the CCTV footage to show phone users what these moped riding thieves are willing to do to to get hold of your phone.
Anyone with information, or who might recognise anyone in the CCTV footage, is urged to contact the City of London Police on 020 7601 2999, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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CCTV footage released in the hope of tracing the four suspects
CCTV footage has been released by the police of four men they would like to trace following a string of raids in the Stepney area of London.
The police believe the four suspects could be part of a group that could be responsible for 27 raids that have occurred in the Stepney area, in which local shops are mainly targeted for alcohol and tobacco.
Police have released the CCTV footage in the hope of tracing the men and are urging for the public’s help in finding the gang.
On the CCTV footage you can see the four men walking into the Co-op store, on Middlesex Street, where they grab over £1,500 worth of alcohol and tobacco before leaving the shop. The police believed a fifth suspect waited outside the Co-op.
Detectives from Tower Hamlets believe that it’s the same group that are responsible for the 27 raids in the Stepney area, all of which involved burglary, robbery and shoplifiting. The police also said that some of the stores were targeted more than once.
According to one of the detectives responsible for investigating the raids, the group of men seemed to mainly target local shops who stock alcoholic drinks and tobacco.
He also confirmed that as part of their investigation, they have been speaking to owners of stores around the targeted areas to offer advice on how to prevent becoming a victim.
The police are urging anyone who might recognise the men from the CCTV footage, or has any information that can help with their enquiries to come forward.
Witnesses, or anyone with information are asked to contact the police on 101, or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Jailed for starting blaze at care home in east London with fireworks – vehicle captured on CCTV
Jail terms have been handed out to two men who threw a firework into a care home in east London, which left one woman fighting for her life. CCTV images captured at the time of the incident helped the police to track down the pair, which has led to their convictions.
Both men, aged 23 and from Bethnal Green, pleaded guilty to acting recklessly and endangering life with the intention to destroying or damaging property.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court, Aktaruz Jaman Khan was jailed for seven years and Sabbir Ahmed was given a six year jail sentence.
The incident happened on November 13 last year at around 1am. The two men threw a Roman Candle style of firework into the Lynnwood Care Home, Barking. The firework started a fire on the ground floor flat in which one of the women living at the home was sleeping.
Donna Stringer, aged 43, is in a wheelchair and suffers from learning difficulties and receives care at the home.
Donna was taken to hospital and was in a critical condition, suffering from severe burns to her neck and arms. She was affected by the smoke in her room causing internal injuries.
She has been left without the full use of her hands and feelings of discomfort from the scar tissue.
Det Sgt Karl Dines said: “Donna and her family have a tough time ahead but my investigators found these cowards and have brought them to justice.”
CCTV cameras captured a vehicle on the street before the incident throwing fireworks at houses. Detectives were able to identify the vehicle as a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, even though the CCTV images were taken in poor lighting. After cross-referencing the registration, the police were led to Khan and Ahmed, who were both named as drivers on the insurance policy.
Ahmed was arrested at his home last December and Khan handed himself in six days after.
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Two separate incidents caught on CCTV cameras leading to arrests
CCTV operators in Edmonton, London have helped the police to track down and arrest criminals in two separate incidents over the last few months.
One incident involved the possession of drugs and during the other, a weapon was found.
The police in Edmonton were informed about two separate incidents during the same night involving three male suspects in the month of November. They were all caught by CCTV cameras acting in a suspicious manner.
During the first incident, the operators had picked up on a group of men stood around in the street huddled up together on Sterling Way at around 6pm. One of the men was then spotted throwing something into nearby bushes.
After a search, the item found turned out to be a knife and a man was later arrested by the police in Pymmes Park.
Only 20 minutes later, CCTV operators were alerted to another incident unfolding on Colyton Way near to a betting shop, where two men seemed to be acting suspiciously.
Whilst watching the CCTV, one of the men can be seen placing a bag under his jacket which he had just picked up from a nearby alleyway. He then walked into the betting shop. The police were contacted and the two male suspects were searched and arrested for cannabis possession.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Councillor Krystle Fonyonga, said that their message was simple; those foolish enough to commit a crime in the borough of Enfield, will be caught out by CCTV and arrested.
Cllr Fonyonga also said that they will not tolerate small groups of people behaving in a criminal manner and will continue to work with the police to protect members of the public.
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The fraudster was planting skimming devices on to ticket machines but was caught out by the use of CCTV cameras
CCTV cameras have helped to catch a fraudster who was attaching skimming devices to ticket machines on the London underground.
The device is used to gather data fraudulently from a person’s debit or credit card when they use it in the ticket machine. Their finances and personal details can then be used illegally by the criminals.
Alin-Cristi Lazar, aged 20, was caught attaching the skimming devices onto ticket machines at three separate stations on the underground Tube network.
CCTV cameras captured Lazar fixing the devices onto the ticket machines and the police managed to identify him as a result.
On April 11 this year, staff from the Gloucester Road Underground Station, in west London, were told that a skimming device had been found attached to a ticket machine. Then on May 3, another skimming device was found on a ticket machine at Notting Hill Gate Underground and a week later a third device was discovered at Canary Wharf.
Captured CCTV footage and forensic evidence at all three crime sites helped detectives with their investigation.
Lazar from Edgware, in north London, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing articles with the intent of fraud. He was handed a 12 month jail sentence for each count, to run concurrently at a Young Offenders Institute.
Detective Constable Matt Nolan, from the British Transport Police’s Series & Organised Crime Unit said: “Lazar thought he was being smart by planting devices at different stations throughout the network. However, what he did not realise is that we police a CCTV rich environment and were positively able to link him to each location.”
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CCTV footage released showing two men grabbing booze from a shop in south east London
CCTV footage has been released by police in Lewisham, of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary at a convenience store in south east London.
The Premier convenience store on Bromley Road, in Bromley, was broken into between 11:45pm on Tuesday, October 18 and 7pm on Wednesday October 19. The thieves managed to escape with large amounts of alcohol and cigarettes and some cash. The grand total of their haul amounted to around £10,000-£12,000.
On the CCTV footage, you can clearly see the moment the two thieves are caught grabbing at booze from inside the convenience store.
The thieves are believed to have gained entry by forcing open the rear shutters and door. Once the men had gained access, they raided the till and stole large quantities of cigarettes and took alcohol off the shelves. The thieves then left via the rear of the store.
Through CCTV images, the police have identified two males they would like to trace in connection with the break-in. One suspect is described as white, between 30-40 years-old, large build with a light brown beard. The second suspect is described as Asian, between 20-30 years-old, with a full black beard and black hair.
The police are keen to hear from anyone that may have been offered cheap alcohol or cigarettes recently that they think might be stolen.
Anyone with information, or who might recognise the two men in the CCTV footage, are urged to call the police on 020 8284 8361, or you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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