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Thornton Heath teenager jailed for ripping £1,500 wedding chain from tourist's neck in broad daylight

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A TEENAGER from Thornton Heath has been jailed for stealing a £1,500 wedding chain from a tourist's neck in Croydon town centre.

Enoch Banga, 19, of Virginia Road, stole the Asian jewellery in broad daylight at approximately 6pm in Ruskin Road on June 9.

He pulled the chain from around the neck of a 54-year-old woman from India visiting family in Croydon.

The woman identified Banga after being shown photographs of potential suspects and he was arrested on June 20.

When he was arrested, police also found a set of keys at his home which belonged to an address in Abbotswood Road in Streatham.

He had taken the keys when he was at the property on a decorating job.

Banga was charged with burglary and robbery - although the charge of robbery was reduced to theft from a person - and he pleaded guilty to both.

On September 10, he was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders' institute for the charge of theft charge and another 12 months for the burglary.

The wedding chain was never recovered and the victim has since returned home to India.

Thornton Heath teenager jailed for ripping £1,500 wedding chain from tourist's neck in broad daylight


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