Pickpocket joins sister in jail

PUBLISHED: 15:41 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

A PICKPOCKET who targeted old ladies with her sister has been jailed for 18 months.

A PICKPOCKET who targeted old ladies with her sister has been jailed for 18 months.

Anne-Marie McDonagh, 39, of Bekesbourne Tower in Wichling Close, Orpington, was jailed last Thursday at Croydon Crown Court.

She and her sister Mary, 25, of the same address, pleaded guilty to stealing a purse containing £21 and a mobile phone from an 83-year-old woman in Card Factory in Orpington High Street on January 24.

They also admitted stealing a purse containing £50 from a 50-year-old woman in Burger King, Orpington on January 14, stealing a purse containing £20 from a 65-year-old female in Iceland in Petts Wood on December 27, last year, and attempting to steal a purse from a woman in British Heart Foundation in Orpington High Street on January 22.

The sisters would target elderly women and strike up a conversation with them to distract them or jostle past them to steal their purses.

They were caught by Bromley Police's operation Aragon after several days of surveillance in the area.

At Bromley Magistrates' Court on January 28, they asked for 17 other offences to be taken into consideration and Mary McDonagh was sentenced to six months in prison on the same day.

Detective Inspector Jane Corrigan of Bromley Police said: "I am pleased with the significant prison sentence handed down to Anne-Marie McDonagh, as it will afford her plenty of time to reflect on her crimes. Those who commit this type of offence must expect to be punished severely and I hope these convictions demonstrate our commitment to relentlessly pursue and bring to justice all offenders, especially those who would prey on the more vulnerable members of our community.

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