|Ealing Bus Pickpocket Jailed|
Kristian Dolinski caught after CCTV images released
A pickpocket, who cut open the pocket of a woman on an Ealing bound bus and stole her mobile phone, has been jailed for two years and eight months.
Kristian Dolinski, 37 years of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to theft at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 29 March. He was remanded in custody and sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 2 May.
On 15 February 2014 at about 13:00 hours a 68-year-old woman, boarded a route 83 bus near Copeland School in Wembley followed by Dolinksi, who sat next to her.
She got off the bus a short time later at Ealing Broadway, where she noticed that there was a rip in her left hand pocket and her mobile phone was missing.
CCTV images of Dolinski on the bus were circulated and on 28 March officers from Ealing Safer Transport Team were conducting a plain-clothed operation with Transport for London's Revenue Protection Inspectors when they spotted Dolinski at Southall Bus Station. He was arrested and later charged with theft.
Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, Safer Transport Command said: "Catching offenders who commit theft on London's bus network continues to be our priority and this sentence highlights our commitment to bringing those who commit crime to justice."
Steve Burton, TfL's Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: "Preventing crime on the transport network is a priority for the Mayor and TfL. The arrest and conviction of this criminal, who targeted vulnerable passengers on our buses, is an excellent example of partnership working between the TfL funded Safer Transport Team and our Revenue Protection Inspectors and of our commitment to drive crime down the network. We care about every journey our passengers make, and will continue to work hard with our policing partners to ensure our transport system remains a safe, secure, and low crime environment."
May 7th 2014