Bag snatch thief feels weight of the law


A PRO­LIFIC thief who was pinned to the floor by builders as he at­tempted to flee with a stolen hand­bag and mo­bile phone has been jailed for 19 months.

Akil Brad­ford, 34, was caught by the two passers-by and held un­til po­lice ar­rived af­ter he was pulled off his bike.

He wrenched the bag from 35-year-old es­tate agent Joanne Be­van’s hands and grabbed her mo­bile phone af­ter lean­ing in through the pas­sen­ger side win­dow of her car in Lad­brooke Grove, west Lon­don.

Drug ad­dict Brad­ford, who has 43 con­vic­tions for steal­ing from cars and a fur­ther 12 for theft, was slapped with a five-year ASBO in 2010 bar­ring him from Manch­ester city cen­tre.

When he was ar­rested af­ter the theft on June 25 this year, of­fi­cers found tools used for break­ing in to cars in his pocket.

Brad­ford, of Lad­brooke Grove, pleaded guilty to theft and breach­ing his ASBO at South­wark Crown Court.

Judge John Price told him: “You have 43 con­vic­tions for steal­ing items from cars and at least 11 for steal­ing from the per­son.

“Your pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions mean that when you are on drugs you are a com­plete men­ace to peo­ple with cars.”

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