Gang leader watched for pin num­bers

AMIN ALNOOR TAR­GETED PEO­PLE US­ING CASH MACHINES – THEN STOLE CARDS

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

THIS is the de­ceiv­ing gang leader who stole thou­sands of pounds from vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple at Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tions.

Amin Alnoor tar­geted pas­sen­gers and tourists us­ing cash and ticket machines at a num­ber of sta­tions across the cap­i­tal, slyly ob­serv­ing their PIN num­bers be­fore steal­ing their card and with­draw­ing money

Over the course of a num­ber of years, the 28-year-old co­or­di­nated the dis­trac­tion thefts with a team work­ing with him.

The thefts hap­pened at Lon­don Un­der­ground sta­tions in Cen­tral Lon­don, in­clud­ing Glouces­ter Road, Hol­born, Finch­ley Road, South Kens­ing­ton and Ox­ford Street sta­tions.

Be­tween June 2017 and Jan­uary 2018, Alnoor, act­ing with oth­ers, would dis­tract and con­fuse tourists and pas­sen­gers us­ing ATM or ticket machines at the sta­tions. When they were us­ing the machines he would then ob­served their PIN and then steal their card.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards, he would then with­draw large quan­ti­ties of cash from the vic­tim’s bank ac­count.

Af­ter a com­plex en­quiry, Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP) of­fi­cers raided Alnoor’s house on May 3 ear­lier this year, where he was found hid­ing in the loft.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of con­spir­acy to steal, and at Snares­brook Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 1 he was jailed for four years.

Alnoor was also or­dered to pay more than £9,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to his vic­tims.

IM­AGE: BTP

Amin Alnoor

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