It’s the moment a cheeky con artist runs into a woman before stealing her £ 9,000 watch as he becomes the latest member of a pickpocket gang targeting pub goers.
Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour, 24, used a “bizarre” dance technique to distract his victims, a method used by two other men jailed last month and whom he knew.
West Midlands Police said Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to two thefts and one attempted theft at Birmingham Crown Court.
This is the moment Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour runs into a woman before stealing his £ 9,000 watch as he becomes the last member of a pickpocket gang to land behind bars
Bahou-Jabour launches jokes, making the pair snap, before launching into his street movements which see him rubbing against the woman before pulling his leg out (pictured) as he removed the watch from his wireless wrist ‘either of the couple realizing
The footage shows Bahou-Jabour, who lives in Nottingham, approaching a couple in Colmore Row, Birmingham, around midnight on July 10.
After raising the pair, the 24-year-old embarked on street moves before slipping a £ 9,000 Rolex watch off a woman’s wrist and failing in a similar attempt to remove a watch from his partner.
CCTV then shows him running in the grounds of Saint-Philippe Cathedral where he comes across a woman also wearing a Rolex.
Police said Bahou-Jabour then approached another woman chanting “It’s Coming Home” before grabbing her and trying to take off her watch.
But the victim realized something was wrong, police said, and resisted, before Bahou-Jabour twisted his arm, causing him pain and took a designer watch. worth £ 4,700 on his wrist.
Birmingham city center officer PC Mat Evans, who conducted CCTV investigations, spotted Bahou-Jabour during an undercover patrol in New Street on July 30, which led to the arrest of the thief.
CCTV footage caught the dancing pickpocket engaging with the couple who both wore expensive watches (circled: the victim’s watch) at a party in Birmingham
PC Evans said: “This technique, where a criminal dances with his victim to distract him, has been called ‘Ronaldinho’ after the famous dancing footballer.
“Normally pickpockets try to steal using stealth so you don’t even feel it. But this technique uses the reverse approach, using excessive contact to distract your attention from the feeling of having your pockets emptied or, in this case, your watch stolen.
“It’s not a skill you learn overnight – it takes many hours of training and practice to perfect, and it’s very effective.
“I’ve seen Ronaldinho’s technique used before, but this offender’s peculiar dance moves were the most bizarre I have ever seen. Part Bruce Forsyth, Part Artful Dodger.
“I would always advise people to be on guard at a party, as professional pickpockets are just as active as they are during the day.
“The best protection you can have is to recognize the signs of how pickpockets are doing what they are doing, get away from them and sound the alarm.”
Abdul Boychaala, 30 (left) and Hussen Ehab, 26 (right) are known from Bahou-Jabour and were jailed last month after being caught by CCTV pretending to dance and kiss their victims.
Bahou-Jabour will be sentenced on October 6.
As part of the investigation, Bahou-Jabour’s cell phone was examined and photos from a house party showed associates Abdul Boychaala and Hussen Ehab, from Nottingham, both of whom were jailed last month for the same trick.
They had targeted the students for their cellphones with the same locking leg movements, but the hard work of CCTV by Nottingham Police Force meant that they were both jailed in August.
Boychaala and Ehab, both of Radford, Nottingham, were jailed for 28 months each at Nottingham Crown Court.