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Infamous pickpocket caught pinching purse on London Underground

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An internationally infamous pickpocket has been jailed after being tailed by undercover officers on the London Underground.

Catalin Copaie, of no fixed address, was seen moving between stations on the Piccadilly Line at 5pm on Wednesday 6 December.

The 40-year-old was stopped at Green Park when officers saw him stash a yellow purse in his pocket. 

He was also found to be in possession of a three inch lock knife.  

Copaie was found guilty of theft and possessing a knife at Hendon Magistrates Court on Thursday 3 January and jailed for a year.

Further investigation revealed Copaie as a pickpocket well-known throughout Europe.

The arrest was part of Operation Marauder which aims to tackle pickpocketing on the London Underground. 

British Transport Police PC Steven Bryan said:  ‘Copaie is well-known across Europe for his actions. 

‘No one should feel their possessions are at risk when travelling on the rail network, and for that reason I am pleased Copaie has been dealt a jail sentence.

‘This is especially the case since he saw it fit to carry a knife. Hopefully this will send a message to anyone else considering the same.’

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