Bromley police warning about 'paint on coats' pickpockets in The Glades and Bromley town centre

PICKPOCKETS who distract their victims by saying they have paint on their coats are targeting people in Bromley.

Officers say a couple is approaching shoppers in The Glades shopping centre and around Bromley town centre who have withdrawn money from a cashpoint before shopping.

The man and woman claim the shoppers have paint on their coats and pretend to be wiping it off.

While distracted one of the suspects steals the victim’s wallet or purse.

The suspects are both described as being a white man and woman with Eastern European accents and the man is believed to be in his 50s.

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9:45pm Fri 16 Nov 12

plasticfantastic says...

This is one of many ways that these pickpockets or "dippers" as we call them steal your money. Watch out for people in your personal space around cashpoints and in particular if you are drawing out money from the counter in a bank, this seems to be what is happening now. They will follow you out of the bank and strike at their first opportunity, usually in another shop. One will distract you while the other opens up your bag and steals your money. Most people don't even know it's happened until they look for their money.

Wear your bags diagonally over your shoulder with the bag at the front and make sure it's zipped up. The Police regularly give out dipping bells, which are bells that can be attached to the zips on purses or bags so you can hear them if your purse is removed. It angers me everytime I hear about this happening in Bromley. Targets are usually elderly people too. We need to catch these evil people, be on your guard!
This is one of many ways that these pickpockets or "dippers" as we call them steal your money. Watch out for people in your personal space around cashpoints and in particular if you are drawing out money from the counter in a bank, this seems to be what is happening now. They will follow you out of the bank and strike at their first opportunity, usually in another shop. One will distract you while the other opens up your bag and steals your money. Most people don't even know it's happened until they look for their money. Wear your bags diagonally over your shoulder with the bag at the front and make sure it's zipped up. The Police regularly give out dipping bells, which are bells that can be attached to the zips on purses or bags so you can hear them if your purse is removed. It angers me everytime I hear about this happening in Bromley. Targets are usually elderly people too. We need to catch these evil people, be on your guard! plasticfantastic
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2:38pm Mon 3 Dec 12

annonymous2487 says...

Yet again another example of people that dont want to go work and earn their money but would rather steal from others!
This makes me so angry - and agree with plasticfantastic this usually is always elderly people who need protecting in society!
I hope these people are caught along with the many more that are out there!
Yet again another example of people that dont want to go work and earn their money but would rather steal from others! This makes me so angry - and agree with plasticfantastic this usually is always elderly people who need protecting in society! I hope these people are caught along with the many more that are out there! annonymous2487
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7:44pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Oldchap says...

But even if they get caught what's the likely punishment - a fine (probably ignore), community service???

If they are from Eastern Europe how about deporting them
But even if they get caught what's the likely punishment - a fine (probably ignore), community service??? If they are from Eastern Europe how about deporting them Oldchap
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9:54pm Tue 4 Dec 12

plasticfantastic says...

Oldchap wrote:
But even if they get caught what's the likely punishment - a fine (probably ignore), community service???

If they are from Eastern Europe how about deporting them
Unfortunately, if they are from Eastern Europe, chances are it's an EU country so they can't be deported.

The punishment dished out by courts is pathetic for most crimes, pickpocketing is no different!
[quote][p][bold]Oldchap[/bold] wrote: But even if they get caught what's the likely punishment - a fine (probably ignore), community service??? If they are from Eastern Europe how about deporting them[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, if they are from Eastern Europe, chances are it's an EU country so they can't be deported. The punishment dished out by courts is pathetic for most crimes, pickpocketing is no different! plasticfantastic
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