Pickpockets jailed for targeting elderly bus passengers

Surrey Comet: Hristova Marinova Hristova Marinova

Pickpockets who preyed on elderly bus passengers have been jailed.

Lewisham woman Hristova Marinova and homeless woman Marieta Petrova stole from bus passengers in Sutton, Kingston, Wandsworth and other areas in South London between February and October last year.

Marinova, 27, of Clifton Rise, was caught after a police investigation involving extensive examination of bus CCTV.

She was arrested on Valentine's Day this year as she returned from a trip abroad to find police waiting for her.

She and Petrova, 30, targeted elderly and vulnerable people as they travelled the bus network pickpocketing travellers.

Marinova admitted seven counts of theft with six further counts taken into account at Inner London Crown Court on May 1 and was jailed for 12 months. She is likely to be deported on her release.

Petrova was sentenced to 10 months in prison after being convicted of 10 offences with six more taken into consideration at Kingston Crown Court in March.

Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor said: "This was an excellent result which has seen two prolific pickpockets receive significant terms in jail.

"The Safer Transport Command with its partners Transport for London has a primary aim to safeguard the travelling public from criminals and to keep them safe whilst using London's bus system.

"If you commit an offence, you will be caught and if convicted every avenue of punishment will be considered - so the message is clear: crime on London’s bus system will not be tolerated - we will bring those who are responsible to justice."

The convictions were secured by the Safer Transport Command, funded by Transport for London.

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10:04am Wed 7 May 14

Brianfromsutton says...

"She is likely to be deported on her release."

Hopefully she will be deported at the end of her sentence and not after being "released".
"She is likely to be deported on her release." Hopefully she will be deported at the end of her sentence and not after being "released". Brianfromsutton
  • Score: 20

12:54pm Wed 7 May 14

alroutemaster says...

Both these scum should be immediately deported after having "Banned from UK" tattooed on them so they can't return.
Both these scum should be immediately deported after having "Banned from UK" tattooed on them so they can't return. alroutemaster
  • Score: 16

4:21pm Wed 7 May 14

buggsie says...

Multicultural enrichment - thank you Tony Blair.
Multicultural enrichment - thank you Tony Blair. buggsie
  • Score: 11

4:23pm Wed 7 May 14

buggsie says...

Multicultural enrichment ?? Thank you tony Blair.
Multicultural enrichment ?? Thank you tony Blair. buggsie
  • Score: 4

6:26pm Wed 7 May 14

emelem says...

Brianfromsutton wrote:
"She is likely to be deported on her release."

Hopefully she will be deported at the end of her sentence and not after being "released".
Hopefully she will be deported before being supported on our taxes (jail time)...
[quote][p][bold]Brianfromsutton[/bold] wrote: "She is likely to be deported on her release." Hopefully she will be deported at the end of her sentence and not after being "released".[/p][/quote]Hopefully she will be deported before being supported on our taxes (jail time)... emelem
  • Score: 14

8:19pm Wed 7 May 14

bosco1 says...

deport now... Why should we be paying for her to stay here,
deport now... Why should we be paying for her to stay here, bosco1
  • Score: 12

11:28pm Wed 7 May 14

Noddyblanket says...

Jog them right on! Scum
Jog them right on! Scum Noddyblanket
  • Score: 11

12:16pm Thu 8 May 14

FinalPineTree says...

Deported today, coming back the next day! EU freedom of movement. We need tougher border control.
Deported today, coming back the next day! EU freedom of movement. We need tougher border control. FinalPineTree
  • Score: 16

5:31pm Thu 8 May 14

rivacrelad says...

Where are all the left wing immigrant loving traitors now? Come on what do you have to say for yourselves? Close the borders to all Romanian and Bulgarian scum now. 85% of all cashpoint fraud in the UK is caused by these two nations citizens. Wake up, there is a crime epidemic in this country and it is caused by third world people being allowed in our country to run wild and threaten and rob from our old and week.
Where are all the left wing immigrant loving traitors now? Come on what do you have to say for yourselves? Close the borders to all Romanian and Bulgarian scum now. 85% of all cashpoint fraud in the UK is caused by these two nations citizens. Wake up, there is a crime epidemic in this country and it is caused by third world people being allowed in our country to run wild and threaten and rob from our old and week. rivacrelad
  • Score: 9

12:35pm Fri 9 May 14

theavengers says...

Why do we have this scum amongst us? close the borders and reclaim our safety, homes, school, and jobs.
Why do we have this scum amongst us? close the borders and reclaim our safety, homes, school, and jobs. theavengers
  • Score: 4

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