A prolific pickpocket who stole from passengers on packed London tube trains has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail.
Eduardo Balladarres, 61, from Chile, was was previously jailed for a year in November after stealing from Tube passengers last June and July and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal from commuters on trains at South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Baker Street and Victoria between September and October last year.
British Transport Police (BTP) detectives used CCTV evidence to cage the criminal. Balladarres, who had admitted his guilt, would board trains and push up against his victims before taking their purse or wallet.
On two occasions he was caught on camera trying to use his victims' credit or debit cards to withdraw cash.
His alleged accomplice Margarita Gonzalez , 61, is wanted for theft after skipping police bail.
Detective Constable John Swaysland, of the BTP, said that investigators were able to place Balladarres at each crime scene after analysing CCTV footage from tube trains and stations, linking him to six thefts.
He said: "While Balladarres began his first prison term, a team of detectives looked at a number of other cases of theft where the suspect description matched him.
"We contacted victims, one as far afield as the United States, and put together a compelling CCTV dossier, placing Balladarres at the scene of each crime and leading to him admitting stealing from a further six tube passengers.
"I hope that the sentence handed down to Balladarres sends a clear message to would-be thieves that we are out there arresting those who think they can help themselves to other people's property."
Balladarres was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court last Wednesday