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Pickpocket is jailed for thefts from pub customers

40-year-old stole handbags, mobile phones and wallets from unsuspecting victims in bars, a hotel and a theatre

10 April, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Kelly Ann Vigors committed eight thefts between January 22 and March 3 this year

A PROLIFIC thief who stole from unsuspecting victims in bars, a hotel and a theatre in Angel has been jailed.

Kelly Ann Vigors committed eight thefts between January 22 and March 3 this year as well as fraudulently using a stolen bank card at a kebab shop.

The 40-year-old targeted customers at venues including the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in Rosebery Avenue, The Old Queen’s Head, in Essex Road, and The Radicals and Victuallers, in Upper Street, stealing handbags, mobile phones and wallets.

She also managed to steal a keycard from a guest at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel, in Pentonville Road, broke into his room and stole a bag and computer worth £3,200.

Many of her crimes were caught on CCTV.

Grandmother-of-two Vigors, of Rosebery Avenue, pleaded guilty to all 10 offences last month and was sentenced to 40 months in prison on Wednesday at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Defending her, Margaret Anuelta told the court how Vigors, who has epilepsy, had an addiction to class A drugs and was stealing items to pay drug dealers back.

On one of her previous convictions, in 2014, she was given a drug rehabilitation course as well as a suspended sentence, but was jailed soon after when she committed another crime.

Prosecutor Patricia Deighan told the court Vigors had 37 convictions for 90 offences, mainly theft.

Sentencing her, Judge Jane Sullivan said Vigors was a “professional” thief.

She added: “You said you had a debt to repay, which may well be the case, I’m prepared to accept, but I’m not prepared to accept that you were pressurised into committing the offences.”

Sergeant Neil Fraser, of the Central North Command Unit, said: “The theft of personal items such as purses, wallets and mobile phones causes significant inconvenience to victims.

“We would like to thank our local businesses for working with us to bring Vigors to justice and allow us to return some of the stolen property.”

Christine Lovett, chief executive of angel.london, the business improvement district for Angel, said: “We are reassured that one of the most prolific offenders in Angel has been arrested and charged with these offences.

“Safety and security in Angel is the key priority for angel.london and it is a testament to the excellent collaborative work between the Angel police team and local businesses to be able to gather enough compelling evidence to bring the charges against the offender.”

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