A street thief could be seen using a “bizarre” distraction dance before stealing Rolex watches from his victims in CCTV footage released by detectives.
West Midlands Police said Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour had “enjoyed his last tango in Birmingham” after being arrested, charged and pleading guilty on Wednesday to two robberies and an attempted robbery at the city’s Crown Court.
The footage showed Bahou-Jabour, who lives in Nottingham, approaching a couple in Colmore Row, Birmingham at about midnight on July 10.
He performed street moves before slipping a £9,000 Rolex watch from a woman’s wrist and failing in a similar attempt to remove a watch from her partner.
CCTV then showed him jogging off into the grounds of St Phillip’s Cathedral where he stumbled across a woman also wearing a Rolex.
Police said Bahou-Jabour approached another woman singing “It’s Coming Home” before grabbing her and trying to take her watch off.
But the victim realised something was wrong before Bahou-Jabour twisted her arm causing her pain and took a designer watch worth £4,700 off her arm.
Birmingham city centre officer Pc Mat Evans, who conducted CCTV inquiries spotted Bahou-Jabour during a plain clothes patrol in New Street on July 30, leading to the thief’s arrest.
Pc Evans said: “This technique, where a criminal dances with their victim to distract them, has been referred to as the ‘Ronaldinho’ after the famous dancing footballer.
“I’ve seen the ‘Ronaldinho’ technique used before, but this offender’s particular dance moves were the most bizarre I’ve ever seen. Part Bruce Forsyth, part Artful Dodger.
“I would always advise people to be on their guard when on a night out, as professional pickpockets are just as active then as they are during the day. The best protection you can have is to recognise the signs of how pickpockets do what they do, get away from them, and raise the alarm.”
Bahou-Jabour will be sentenced on October 6.