A Nigerian woman, identified as Gloria Makanjuola, has been arrested in the United Kingdom for crimes, including robbery and petty theft on transport channels like buses and trains in Hackney.
After pleading guilty to eight counts of robbery, four counts of theft and four counts of fraud at an earlier hearing, the 28-year-old Makanjuola was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at the Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Makanjuola reportedly committed the offences between September 2018 and October 2018 across Hackney. During her spree, she targeted victims between the ages of 18-87 years and all the offences occurred in buses at Hackney.
One victim, an 87-year-old man, was targeted by Makanjuola as he travelled en route Wick road. She tried to put her hands in his pocket and he warned her to stop but she hurriedly dipped her hand in his pocket, grabbed about £80 in cash and escaped.
Detective Sergeant Coleman, the senior investigating officer from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, spoke to the press thus: “Gloria Makanjuola was a prolific offender in the Hackney area.
“She targeted vulnerable passengers using the bus network system, committing robbery or theft offences.
“If bank cards were stolen, she used the opportunity to use the cards to make contactless payments at local stores.
“Working in partnership with the Safer Transport Teams and Transport for London, Makanjuola was identified and arrested for various robbery and theft related offences.
“I would like to thank the victims in this investigation who had the courage to report these matters and assist in the police investigation.
“Without their support, this outcome would not have been possible.
“Through extensive CCTV coverage across the transport network, we are able to identify and bring offenders to justice.”