Moment dancing pickpockets pretend to be drunk revellers to steal wallets and phones from clueless pubgoers – as they are both jailed for 28 months
- Two conmen, Abdul Boychaala, 30, and Hussen Ehab, 26, jailed for 28 months
- They posed as drunken revellers to pickpocket pub-goers in Nottingham
- CCTV showed the duo dancing and hugging revellers before stealing from them
Two brazen conmen have been jailed for 28 months after posing as drunken revellers to pickpocket pub-goers by hugging and dancing with them on the street.
Abdul Boychaala, 30, and Hussen Ehab, 26, preyed mostly on sozzled students to steal their wallets and mobile phones.
CCTV showed the pair pretending to dance and hug unsuspecting late-night revellers as they walked through Nottingham city centre.
Abdul Boychaala, 30, and Hussen Ehab, 26, pretended to be drunken revellers to pickpocket pub-going students, making off with their wallets and phones
The thieves, Abdul Boychaala, 30, (left) and Hussen Ehab, 26, (right) were jailed for 28 months after they were caught on CCTV pretending to dance and hug with their unsuspecting victims
After locking legs and forcing them off balance the pair removed mobile phones from their victims’ pockets and sauntered away from the scene.
The victims only realised their valuables were missing after Boychaala and Ehab had disappeared.
Police discovered they had struck seven times in Nottingham between January 18 and February 1 last year.
Both men were arrested and admitted conspiracy to steal in relation to seven offences in Nottingham – two in the early hours of January 18, one on January 25, three on January 31 and one on February 1.
They locked legs and forced them off balance in order to remove mobile phones from their victims’ pockets
They also admitted targeting revellers in Liverpool on September 13 where victims had initially not reported the thefts.
Boychaala and Ehab, both of Radford, Nottingham, were both jailed for 28 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.
Detective Constable Richard Evans, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘Boychaala and Ehab are brazen and calculating thieves who were led by their own greed and recklessness to commit a string of very serious offences.
Police discovered the pair had struck seven times in Nottingham between January 18 and February 1 last year
‘Their preferred method may have appeared clumsy, but it was a finely-honed and effective distraction technique that allowed them to steal many thousands of pounds worth of mobile phones.
‘This offending took place again and again as the pair grew in confidence – convinced that they would continue to get away with what they had been doing.
‘By thoroughly reviewing this evidence against witness statements we were able to build such an overwhelming case against these two men that they had little choice but to plead guilty.’
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