A pickpocket who targeted vulnerable victims at Sheffield and Birmingham New Street railway stations has been given a three and a half year prison sentence.
Mikolaj Andrzej Szyjkowski, aged 50, from Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal.
Polish national Szyjkowski targeted elderly passengers in more than 27 separate offences between April and November, 2009. His last victim was 89 years old, while another victim was blind.
He was arrested after an investigation by British Transport Police, in November 2009 and was charged with conspiracy to steal after he was picked out in an identity parades by a number of his victims.
Detective Inspector Derek O’Mara said: “Szyjkowski deliberately targeted and preyed on elderly vulnerable passengers, at train stations in Sheffield and Birmingham.
"During his seven-month crime spree he would watch his victims purchasing tickets at the self service machines and attempt to observe the PIN number entered if a bank card was used. He would then follow the victims, arrange himself close to them while the boarded the train then ‘bump’ into them whilst stealing their wallet or purse.
“Szyjkowski is a ruthless professional thief who adopted a range a tactics to steal from his vulnerable victims. He is now where he belongs behind bars."