London ‘master thief’ strikes at Germany’s fanciest store
The Local · 18 May 2016, 15:37
Published: 18 May 2016 15:37 GMT+02:00
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The woman was arrested at Schönefeld Airport in the south of the city along with a female accomplice, also 22, last week.
The young women are alleged to have tried to steal luxury items including Louis Vuitton handbags from the department store, and from a perfume shop on the same street, using fake credit cards.
The women managed to steal around €5,000 of goods, prosecutors say.
And details are now emerging about their identities, several Berlin newspapers report.
One is reportedly Aamna A. “who has a questionable reputation in England as a master thief” and who was convicted in the United Kingdom in 2013, the Berliner Morgenpost writes.
An Aamna A. was sentenced to a year in jail in March 2013 for stealing around £140,000 of luxury goods from shops in London, the Daily Mail reported at the time.
Along with two men, she was found guilty of hacking into Lloyds TSB bank accounts and stealing 22 customers’ details, before blowing the money in style on luxury goods.
Now it appears she will be facing lengthy jail time in the Federal Republic.
The two women's robbery spree was put to an end when the credit card was eventually blocked and further payment was refused.
Police were immediately alerted by the credit card company. After studying CCTV footage, officers started a search and the women were arrested as they tried to board a flight to London.
They are currently being detained in a woman's prison in the west of the city.