Serial pickpocket jailed for a year


Warren Spencer pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft, including the theft of four mobile phones in London

A pickpocket has been jailed for 12 months and given a seven year Criminal Behaviour Order after a number of items, including four mobile phones.

Warren Spencer, 53 (pictured) was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on September 30 after pleading guilty to eight counts of theft and possessing cannabis at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 19.

From October 18, 2014 to July 26, 2015, he stole from people aged between 21 and 37 years who were travelling on buses in Lambeth, Hackney, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Tower Hamlets. He targeted those waiting in large crowds and stole their mobile phones, as well as bank cards, wallets and purses.

An investigation by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, which is part funded by Transport for London, led to Spencer being identified, arrested and charged with the offences.

Part of the the Criminal Behaviour Order prevents him from being in possession of any mobile phone or digital device that is not registered to him or be without proof of ownership.

Detective Superintendent Adnan Qureshi of the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “This was an excellent result which has seen a thief who targeted people travelling on buses receive a significant jail term thanks to the Roads and Transport Command. We urge the public to ensure they keep their possessions safe and secure and always to be aware of their surroundings.”