After 153 strikes, a British serial thief dubbed by the media as the “Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham” is finally out.
Margaret Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in the slammer after admitting to six thefts Friday in front of a court in Birmingham, the BBC reported. The 40-year-old – who has no fixed address – has 153 offenses to her name, 93 of which are theft.
Johnson’s targets included an elderly woman looking after her grandson who has Down Syndrome, and a heavily-pregnant shopper, police said.
Video surveillance of Johnson caught her stalking victims and in one instance, she stole a handbag just six days after being released from prison in January, the BBC reported.
"She deliberately targets elderly, lone female shoppers - people she considers easy targets,” said Sgt. Julia Slater of West Midland Police. "Even by her own despicable standards she has stooped to new lows with these offenses." she added.