Phone thief caught after Waterloo train passenger puts video on YouTube

14:32 14 February 2012

A man who stole a phone on a train from London Waterloo was caught after a video was posted on YouTube

A man who stole a phone on a train from London Waterloo was caught after a video was posted on YouTube

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A man has been cautioned by police over the brazen theft of a phone on a London train which led to him being filmed and confronted by an irate passenger.

Matt Parker was travelling on the 12.09am train from Waterloo to Guildford on February 2 when a woman left her bag behind.

Blogging about the incident which followed, Matt said one of his fellow passengers who he was “already keeping an eye on” got up and sat near the woman’s abandoned bag.

The man then moved over and then took the woman’s phone out of her bag.

Matt began yelling at the man when he refused to put the phone back and he started filming the whole incident thing on his own phone, later posting the footage on YouTube.

“I was – to say the minimum – outraged,” said Matt.

The man eventually got off the train at Weybridge, and took the stolen phone with him.

After an appeal by London24 and others, a 21-year-old man was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) and has subsequently been given a caution.

A BTP spokesman said: “Following an appeal for information, a number of members of the public called to provide information about the incident.

“As a result, a 21-year-old man from Addlestone, Surrey, was identified and subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft.

“When interviewed, the man fully admitted the offence.”

The caution carries conditions of paying the 34-year-old victim £499, writing her a letter of apology and not committing any further offences before June 14, 2012.

Failure to comply with any of the conditions could result in the caution being cancelled and the man being prosecuted for theft.

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