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Man who targeted the elderly to steal cash jailed following BTP investigation – London

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A gang leader, who conspired to steal large amounts of money from elderly passengers using cash and ticket machines, has been handed a prison sentence.  

Amin Alnoor, aged 28 and of Hameway, East Ham, appeared before Snaresbrook Crown Court on 1 October where he was handed the four year imprisonment. 

Over the course of a number of years, Alnoor coordinated numerous distraction thefts at cash machines across London with a team working with him. The thefts happened at London Underground stations in Central London, including Gloucester Road, Holborn, Finchley Road, South Kensington and Oxford Street stations. 

On multiple occasions between June 2017 and January 2018, the defendant acting with others would distract and confuse tourists and passengers using ATM or ticket machines at London Underground stations. When they were using the machines he would then observed their PIN and then steal their card. 

Immediately afterwards, he would then withdraw large quantities of cash from the victims bank account. 

After a complex enquiry, BTP officers raided Alnoor’s house on 3rd May this year, where he was found hiding in the loft. At court, he admitted charges a charge of conspiracy to steal. 

As part of his sentence, the defendant was also ordered to pay more than £9,000 compensation to his victims. 

DC Alison Levi from British Transport Police, said: “The investigation into Alnoor’s deceiving action was extremely complex and involved a number of victims, however I am pleased he has been handed a prison sentence. 

“He targeted vulnerable individuals, exploiting their unfamiliarity of the city or transport network, and then stealing their bank card and money. I am grateful that the judge ordered he compensate his victims by returning some of the stolen cash to his victims. 

“CCTV evidence proved vital in this case, as we were able to accurately and clearly depict Alnoor’s tactics to deceive his victims. I hope this sentence demonstrates that we have the power to identify and bring offenders to justice.” 
 

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