Suspect Uses ‘Bizarre’ Dance to Steal Woman's Rolex on Birmingham Street

Detectives in Birmingham, England, released CCTV footage of an alleged street thief who they say performed a “bizarre” and aggressive dance as a pretext to steal a Rolex watch from an unsuspecting couple on July 10.

West Midlands Police said the suspect in the footage, 24-year-old Abdelhadi Bahou-Jabour, who lives in Nottingham, had “enjoyed his last tango in Birmingham” after being charged on Wednesday, September 1, at the Birmingham’s Crown Court.

The CCTV footage shows a man approaching a couple around midnight on July 10. After high-fiving the pair, the suspect wrapped a leg around them and did a series of grinding dance moves before slipping a £9,000 Rolex watch from the woman’s wrist, police said.

The video ends with the suspect giving the couple a thumbs-up as he casually walks off. The suspect attempted a similar robbery just moments after this incident but was unsuccessful, according to police.

“As part of the investigation Bahou Jabour’s mobile phone was examined and pictures of a house party showed associates Abdul Boychaala and Hussen Ehab, from Nottingham, who were both jailed last month for the same ruse,” police added. “They had targeted students for their mobile phones with the same leg locking moves, but dogged CCTV work by Nottinghamshire Police helped nab the pair.”

The 24-year-old is due to be sentenced on October 6. Credit: West Midlands Police via Storyful

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