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Thieving sisters targeted old women

PUBLISHED: 13:16 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 11:31 01 July 2010

TWO pickpocket sisters have been jailed for stealing dozens of pensioners purses. Anne Marie McDonagh, 39, and Mary McDonagh, 25, both of Bekesbourne Tower, Wichling Close, Orpington,

TWO pickpocket sisters have been jailed for stealing dozens of pensioners' purses.

Anne Marie McDonagh, 39, and Mary McDonagh, 25, both of Bekesbourne Tower, Wichling Close, Orpington, targeted the old women in charity shops, supermarkets and card shops.

They struck up conversations with the pensioners about the cost of items or jostled past them to steal their purses.

Mary McDonagh, was sentenced to six months at Bromley Crown Court on January 28 while Anne Marie McDonagh has been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing.

Both pleaded guilty to stealing three purses and a mobile phone, as well as attempting to steal another purse during December 2007 and January 2008.

They asked for 17 other offences to be taken in to consideration.

Detective Constable James Robinson, from Bromley Police's crime investigation department, said "These individuals were suspected of committing up to 6 offences per day. I would also especially ask that people take time to look out for the elderly or more vulnerable members of our community. The public are our eyes and ears and we need their help to prevent crime and make it more difficult for thieves like these to operate".

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