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Thief who bagged Prada, Chanel and Apple goods is sentenced

A luggage thief struck twice, just three days apart, to steal suitcases containing high-value gadgets and designer goods.

Both crimes were committed on London to Swansea trains, with Matthew Grant Davies lifting the luggage between Port Talbot and Neath.

On 21 September, Davies stole a bag containing an Apple MacBook Pro laptop and Chanel makeup before dumping the pink case at the rear of Neath railway station. Then, three days later, on 24 September, he struck again, this time making off with a pink and purple floral suitcase which contained jewellery, an Android tablet, a Prada bag and clothes.

Following extensive CCTV enquiries, 20-year-old Davies was arrested and charged by officers from BTP Swansea.

Appearing before Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 29 November, Davies, of The Arches Hotel, Swansea, pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a total of £1,150 compensation as well as £200 in victim surcharge and costs.

Investigating officer PC Jason Teear said: “These were planned, calculated thefts committed by a thief concerned only with his own gain.

“He stole property worth over £2,000 belonging to two innocent young women. One of the victims, in particular, was left extremely upset, as a number of the stolen items were family gifts with a significant amount of sentimental value attached to them.

“This case should serve as a stark warning to anyone who even considers removing someone else’s property from a train with the intention of keeping it for themselves. The railway network is a CCTV-rich environment and it is simply not worth the risk: you will be identified and you will be caught.

“British Transport Police works hard to reduce the theft of passenger property. Even though South Wales is one of the safest places in the UK to live and work, it’s always worth reminding passengers to keep their belongings nearby when travelling and, where possible, to always keep their luggage in sight.”

Learn the thieves’ tactics to better protect yourself and your property while out and about on the rail network. Find out more at btp.police.uk/theft

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