Thief who preyed on Sutton High Street shoppers jailed

Thief who preyed on Sutton High Street shoppers jailed

Thief who preyed on Sutton High Street shoppers jailed

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A thief has been jailed for stealing handbags from unsuspecting shoppers in the High Street.

Rafael Bernardino Carrasco Pino preyed on shoppers in pubs and cafés in Sutton town centre by approaching them while they were unaware and dropping his jacket on their handbag before scooping up both the jacket and bag and leaving.

But now the 44-year-old Northamptonshire man has been imprisoned for 24 weeks after he was caught with some of the stolen property.

Carrasco Pino performed the trick on a pensioner in The Grapes pub in High Street on November 23. The same day he tried to take a mobile phone from a woman in Starbucks by draping his scarf and jacket over the back of a child's pushchair, where it had been left. In that occasion he knocked the pushchair over and left empty handed.

He went on to use the trick to take a bag containing more than £250 from a punter in the Sutton Arms on December 6.

Later that day Carrasco Pino was about to leave Sutton on the train when PC Dave Earl spotted him. He was searched and caught with more than £300.

Carrasco Pino, of Lincoln Way in Corby, admitted two counts of theft and one of attempted theft in front of Croydon magistrates on Tuesday, December 11. he was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail and will have to pay back £300 to his victims.

PC Earl was working as part of Operation Holly, an initiative to combat crime and keep the streets safe over the festive period, with officers working in plain clothes as well as uniform patrols.

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5:34pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Good old anglo saxon name, not. Any chance of sending him back to his country of origin? Sod his human rights, just get him out of here. Well spotted though PC Earl, great job done.
Good old anglo saxon name, not. Any chance of sending him back to his country of origin? Sod his human rights, just get him out of here. Well spotted though PC Earl, great job done. Hove Ex-Pat
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8:32pm Mon 17 Dec 12

ColP404 says...

Well said Hove Ex-Pat, when will this country learn. Now wait for all the do gooders to complain. We should send the do gooders back with them as their escort. Two problems solved in one go.
Well said Hove Ex-Pat, when will this country learn. Now wait for all the do gooders to complain. We should send the do gooders back with them as their escort. Two problems solved in one go. ColP404
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6:19am Tue 18 Dec 12

lilacgeorge says...

Ditto the above two comments, bloody scum!
Ditto the above two comments, bloody scum! lilacgeorge
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12:18pm Tue 18 Dec 12

mr-bjp says...

Prison for 24 weeks!. Is this a joke?
Prison for 24 weeks!. Is this a joke? mr-bjp
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2:18pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Michael Pantlin says...

How do you tell a suspecting shopper from an unsuspecting one?
How do you tell a suspecting shopper from an unsuspecting one? Michael Pantlin
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3:57pm Fri 21 Dec 12

SouthLondoner65 says...

The above comments are unhelpful and quite frankly pathetic. Who knows why this man stole a handbag... you don't know his circumstances! You people sound like a bunch of rightwing Daily Mail readers. Get a grip, I say, and worry about the things that matter, like the Syrian Civil War! Ignorant fools...
The above comments are unhelpful and quite frankly pathetic. Who knows why this man stole a handbag... you don't know his circumstances! You people sound like a bunch of rightwing Daily Mail readers. Get a grip, I say, and worry about the things that matter, like the Syrian Civil War! Ignorant fools... SouthLondoner65
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4:51pm Fri 21 Dec 12

lilacgeorge says...

SouthLondoner65 wrote:
The above comments are unhelpful and quite frankly pathetic. Who knows why this man stole a handbag... you don't know his circumstances! You people sound like a bunch of rightwing Daily Mail readers. Get a grip, I say, and worry about the things that matter, like the Syrian Civil War! Ignorant fools...
What a pratt, clearly you have never had anyone steal anything you've worked bloody hard to pay for! There is NO excuse for theft or crime of any sort! I have to work hard for everything I own and don't see why anyone has the right to steal it from me REGARDLESS of their situation!
[quote][p][bold]SouthLondoner65[/bold] wrote: The above comments are unhelpful and quite frankly pathetic. Who knows why this man stole a handbag... you don't know his circumstances! You people sound like a bunch of rightwing Daily Mail readers. Get a grip, I say, and worry about the things that matter, like the Syrian Civil War! Ignorant fools...[/p][/quote]What a pratt, clearly you have never had anyone steal anything you've worked bloody hard to pay for! There is NO excuse for theft or crime of any sort! I have to work hard for everything I own and don't see why anyone has the right to steal it from me REGARDLESS of their situation! lilacgeorge
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6:49pm Fri 21 Dec 12

ResidentTony says...

Of course a crime is a crime, and should not be condoned. But just because someone has a foreign name does not make them foreign. And more importantly, even if they are foreign, why pick up on that with such racist, bigoted gusto?
Of course a crime is a crime, and should not be condoned. But just because someone has a foreign name does not make them foreign. And more importantly, even if they are foreign, why pick up on that with such racist, bigoted gusto? ResidentTony
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7:32pm Fri 21 Dec 12

lilacgeorge says...

In fairness I personally wasn't having a go about where he came from, a thief is a thief and believe you me, the UK has more than its fair share of scum, english born & bred! (You've only got to watch Jeremy Kyle to see that!) lol
In fairness I personally wasn't having a go about where he came from, a thief is a thief and believe you me, the UK has more than its fair share of scum, english born & bred! (You've only got to watch Jeremy Kyle to see that!) lol lilacgeorge
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