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Pickpocket Behind Bars thanks to Eagle Eyed Officer


A mobile phone thief has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison thanks to the eagle eyes of a police officer.

And the victim was none other than the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.

Mr Coppinger was in a café in Middlesbrough prior to a meeting about retail crime when his mobile phone was taken from his jacket pocket.

He reported the theft to police, and an investigation began which included looking at the café’s CCTV footage. A still was taken from the footage and placed on the Force’s daily briefing pages.

An officer on patrol had seen the briefing, recognised the man and arrested him and he was subsequently charged. The 32 year old from London, pleaded guilty to theft at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 14th June and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

Barry Coppinger said: “Thanks to the good security in the café and quick thinking of the officer concerned, this man has been brought to justice swiftly.

“Clearly it’s not the type of thing you expect to happen, but I would urge other people to make sure you keep valuables in a safe place if you are carrying them round with you.”


Posted on Monday 17th June 2013
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