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Dancing Pickpocket Jailed After Stealing Watches By Grinding On Women

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Dancing Pickpocket Jailed After Stealing Watches By Grinding On Women

A pickpocket has been jailed for more than two years after being captured on video performing weird dance moves in order to steal a watch worth £9,000.

You can watch shocking CCTV footage of the thief in action below:

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24-year-old Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour was called 'part Bruce Forsyth, part Artful Dodger' for the bizarre method he employed to steal the expensive Rolex from a couple on the street.

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The CCTV footage from July 10 shows the criminal approaching and speaking to a couple in Birmingham city centre, before he performed a dance - grinding on the woman - and flicked out his leg to perform a distraction technique known as the 'Ronaldinho'.

Quick as a flash, he then removed the woman's watch from her wrist and tried the same thing on her partner.

Then, seconds later, he tried the same trick on the woman's partner, but it got snagged up on his shirt.

The pickpocket using the distraction technique known as the 'Ronaldinho'. Credit: West Midlands Police/SWNS
The pickpocket using the distraction technique known as the 'Ronaldinho'. Credit: West Midlands Police/SWNS
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Once he'd gotten what he'd wanted, he jogged off towards the grounds of St Phillip's Cathedral nearby, and attempted to run the game again on another woman, this time approaching her singing 'Three Lions'.

Of course, this was the day before England's ill-fated Euro 2020 final against Italy.

The woman resisted him, realising that something was up, and Bahou-Jabour twisted her by the arm and stole jewellery worth £4,700 from her.

After closely inspecting the CCTV footage, detectives managed to find out who he was and arrested him wandering around the city centre on July 30.

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He admitted two robberies and an attempted robbery at Birmingham Crown Court last month, and was jailed for two years and three months at the same court on Wednesday 6 October.

Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour. Credit: West Midlands Police/SWNS
Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour. Credit: West Midlands Police/SWNS

PC Mat Evans, from West Midlands Police, said: "This technique, where a criminal dances with their victim to distract them, has been referred to as the 'Ronaldinho' after the famous dancing footballer.

"Normally pickpockets try to steal using stealth so you won't even feel it.

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"But this technique uses the opposite approach, using excessive contact to misdirect your attention away from the sensation of having your pockets emptied or, in this case, your watch stolen.

"This is not a skill you pick up overnight, it requires many hours of training and practice to perfect, and is very effective.

"I've seen the 'Ronaldinho' technique used before, but this offender's particular dance moves were the most bizarre I've ever seen. Part Bruce Forsyth, part Artful Dodger."

He continued: "I would always advise people to be on their guard when on a night out, as professional pickpockets are just as active then as they are during the day.

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"The best protection you can have is to recognise the signs of how pickpockets do what they do, get away from them, and raise the alarm."

Featured Image Credit: West Midlands Police/SWNS

Topics: Police, UK News, crime, Weird

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