Thief paid PS3k to leave UK back in a day to continue crime spree!May 23rd, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by admin
London, May 23 (ANI): A prolific bag snatcher who was given 3,000 pounds to quit Britain took the money and came back the next day.
The 26-year-old Algerian, Hakim Benmakhlouf, preyed on tourists and guests at five-star hotels and restaurants, stealing cash, passports and designer handbags.
Benmakhlouf, who dressed from head to toe in designer clothes, was caught and convicted, then offered 3,000 pounds under a voluntary repatriation scheme.
He took the money and left Britain but returned by Eurostar from Paris the next day to continue his lucrative crime spree, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Sentencing, Judge John Price jailed him for three years and recommended that he be deported as soon as he has served his term, reports the Telegraph.
Benmakhlouf, a father of two who had 12 different aliases and used three different dates of birth, used distraction tactics to aid his stealing.
In one bag theft at the Madame Tussauds waxworks in London, he sprayed his victim with tomato sauce to create confusion.
According to police, Benmakhlouf lived an extravagant lifestyle, enjoying a home in St John’s Wood, in north-west London.
One investigating officer described Benmakhlouf as the “best thief I have ever seen”.
He had a string of convictions and was jailed for three and a half years in December 2005.
During that sentence, he was offered voluntary deportation, which he accepted. But he returned immediately and, in October 2007, he was caught on CCTV stealing a Louis Vuitton bag at a London hotel. (ANI)
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