THIS is the shocking moment a pair of brazen thieves swiped a bag from a luggage trolley in the as passengers milled around a packed Heathrow Airport.
Daniel Kennedy, 54, and Denise Blackburn, 45, were caught on CCTV as they made off with a handbag full of money, jewellery, and passports after distracting their victims in a phone shop.
The thieves were caught on CCTV as they made off with a handbag full of money, jewellery, and passports
Footage shows them chuckling as they saunter past their targets at the shop counter.
Blackburn can be seen wandering over to block their view of the bags, while Kennedy sneaks over and pulls a handbag off their trolley.
They then rush to leave the shop with the valuable belongings – including a wad of cash and an expensive watch.
Their son Ryan Kennedy, 19, was waiting in the airport car park to drive them away.SWIPED BAGS IN PACKED AIRPORT
They were arrested at home in Isleworth after after cops trawled through airport security footage to find them.
Daniel Kennedy was jailed for two years and eight months for theft, driving otherwise in accordance with a license and driving with no insurance. He is also disqualified from driving for 16 months.
Blackburn was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for theft and possession of cannabis.
Ryan Kennedy was conditionally discharged for 12 months and has been banned from driving for a year, for driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and possession of cannabis.
DCI Sharon Brookes, of the Aviation Policing Command, said: “I am pleased that my team were able to return some of the stolen items to the victims.
“The Met Police is determined to keep people flying in and out of the UK safe from opportunists like Blackburn and Daniel Kennedy.
“The victims sent a message of thanks to PC Houston for his work and I was delighted to read that, subsequently, they will continue to holiday in the UK.’
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A Scotland Yard spokesman added: “The footage is a reminder to keep luggage within sight and reach because, in the blink of an eye, it can disappear.
“It’s easy to be distracted at an airport as our minds are often on other things, and luggage is cumbersome to carry around, but the benefits of keeping your eyes on your bags far outweigh the distress and disruption caused by them being stolen.
“In this case, the stolen bag contained a large quantity of money, jewellery and both victims’ passports.”
SWNS:South West News Service Denise Blackburn, 45, distracted the couple at the phone shop
SWNS:South West News Service Daniel Kennedy, 54, then made off with the bag
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