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Phone snatcher behind bars following BTP investigation – London



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A prolific phone snatcher who stole 18 mobiles on the London Underground network has recently been handed a prison sentence. 

Mohamed Djiama, aged 28 and of no fixed address, appeared before Blackfriars Crown Court on 23 February after pleading guilty to 18 counts of theft from a person and one count of attempted theft. He was handed a 24 month prison sentence, order to pay £140 victim surcharge and is liable to deportation following his custodial sentence. 

Between July 2017 and December 2017, Djiama travelled on the London Underground network, targeting passengers who were using their phones. Most of his victims were lone women, often travelling on Central Line or District Line services in London. 

Stations he used included Bethnal Green, St Pauls, Tower Hill, Whitechapel, Aldgate, Kilburn, Bank and Tottenham Court Road. Djiama would snatch his victim’s phone and then run off the train before they were able to stop him. 
After a complex investigation by BTP detectives, they were able to link Djiama to all 19 offences. He was arrested at Stepney Green station on 25 January after a BTP officer spotted him whilst on patrol. He was charged the next day with all 19 offences. 

DC Owen Lynch from British Transport Police, said: “Djiama is a career criminal who used the London Underground to target lone women travelling alone. His tactics were brazen, but his arrogance blinded him and he was caught by one of our officers at Stepney Green station. 

“I am pleased he has been handed a custodial sentence meaning he is now unable to continue with his behaviour. We simply will not tolerate robberies such as this on the transport network and work hard to catch offenders. 

“Thankfully we police a CCTV rich environment which helps us enormously in identifying offenders and their tactics. We then use this to track them down and, in Djiama’s case, bring them before the courts. If you’re using the rail network to commit your crimes, it is only a matter of time before we find you.” 
Steve Burton, Transport for London’s Director of Compliance and Policing, said: “All of our customers have the right to travel without fear of crime and we are pleased to see the successful sentencing of this prolific thief. We continue to work with the police to keep the network a safe, low-crime environment."

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