Manor Park man jailed for cash machine thefts

The pair stole bank cards and cash from ATM users

The pair stole bank cards and cash from ATM users - Credit: Archant

A Manor Park man who stole nearly £2,000 in cash from cash machines has been jailed.

Mohammed Naaim, 29, was sentenced on Friday, February 13 for his part in the thefts, which took place between September 2013 and August 2014.

Naaim, of Carlyle Road, was arrested in Notting Hill Gate on August 30 along with his accomplice, 19-year-old Issa Mahmood.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard during the trial that the pair targeted elderly people and tourists, stealing a total of three bank cards and £1893.60 in cash.

One of them would approach the victim with a false story about the cash machine being broken and used a piece of paper to disguise what they were doing.

Often the victims didn’t realise what had happened and genuinely believed the machine was broken, the court was told.

Pc Graham Evans, who investigated the case, said: “These two people took advantage of vulnerable people in order to steal from them.

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“They used tactics and methods to take bank cards and withdraw cash. I am pleased they have been bought to justice.”

Naaim and Mahmood, of Fairfield Road, Ilford, were both sentenced to 12 months for assaulting a police officer and six months for an attempted theft, to be served consecutively, and another 12 months for theft, to be served concurrently.