A serial bag snatcher who targeted vulnerable women in towns across Hertfordshire was jailed for almost seven years today Friday.
Michael McCann deliberately preyed on women motorists grabbing their shopping bags and handbags from front passenger seats and footwells.
He struck in car parks, outside a church, a residential care home after the often elderly victims had pulled up in their vehicles and were trying to park
After speeding off with the bags McCann would the. fraudulently use their bank cards in shops before a stop had been put on them
Between June and December of 2018 McCann struck in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Kings Langley and Abbots Langley.
Some of his victims were elderly women motorists in their 70s and 80s.
Today (Friday) he appeared in custody at St Albans Crown Court via a video link from Bedford Prison to plead guilty to two offences of robbery, 12 thefts, six offences of fraudulently using the women’s bank cards, 11 offences of driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving, making off without payment, handling stolen goods and possessing a bladed article.
Passing sentence on McCann Judge Philip Grey told him he had launched a “campaign of theft.”
McCann was sofa surfing at the home of friends in Hemel Hempstead during his offending.
Despite being disqualified from driving he would tour the area in a vehicle looking for potential victims.
When he first struck last June he had only been out of prison for two months and was on licence.
He was jailed today for a total of six years and 11 months and banned from driving for 69 months.
Detective Sergeant Caeva Taylor, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “This has been a very protracted and complex investigation involving multiple different policing units and forensic experts. McCann’s offending has had a profound impact on many of his vulnerable victims and I would like to thank those who came forward for their bravery.”
“I want this to serve as a warning to those people who choose to commit theft offences in Hertfordshire, that we will relentlessly investigate these crimes and pursue the suspects until justice has been served.”