Sly pickpocket, 22, steals retirement medicine from her purse at busy train station

Vasilka Stancheva has been jailed for a month after stealing a pensioner’s medicine, as it was revealed over 80,000 thefts had taken place in London in just two years

Vasilka Stancheva, 22, of Sutherland Road in Edmonton, Enfield, stole the drugs
Vasilka Stancheva, 22, of Edmonton, Enfield, stole the drugs

A woman has been jailed for a month after stealing medicine from an elderly woman at a busy London Underground station.

Vasilka Stancheva, 22, was caught by British Traffic Police officers in plain clothes rummaging in the pensioner’s purse outside Oxford Circus station.

The crime occurred around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.

At the time, the 22-year-old was wearing a leather jacket and blue hat. She used the accessory to block her right hand from view while digging through the woman’s backpack.

Ms Stancheva then proceeded to steal the elderly woman’s medicines as well as her gold purse.

The Priority Crime Taskforce has warned commuters to watch out for pickpockets

Within 24 hours she was charged with attempted theft and brought before Westminster Magistrates Court.

There she was sentenced to 28 days in prison.

Luckily for the elderly woman, the gold purse and medicines were promptly returned to the victim.

However, this is not the first time Ms Stancheva has been caught red-handed by the police.

A month earlier she was caught using exactly the same tactics on someone else, where she again targeted and lurked behind an elderly woman on Tottenham Court Road in the West End.

Ms Stancheva was jailed for 28 days after her crime – but it’s not the first time she’s been caught by police

She was fined £369 for her first offence – and spared time in jail.

Referring to the rise in pickpockets in the capital, Inspector Sharon Turner of the Priority Crime Taskforce said: “It is a common tactic for pickpockets to use bags, umbrellas and any clothing to block people’s views while they are in the streets rummaging through an unsuspecting victim’s belongings.

“These criminals operate in large crowds, often near major train stations, and attempt to steal anyone they believe is distracted.

“We have plainclothes officers regularly patrolling across London who are trained to spot this suspicious behaviour.

“For the public, just being aware of thieves operating and helping us fight this crime can make their job a lot harder.”

Earlier this year, London was named the UK’s pickpocketing hotspot.

In just two years, over 80,000 registered thefts took place in the capital.

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