Sunderland shoppers targeted by serial bag snatcher

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A SERIAL thief stole from unsuspecting pensioners as they shopped.

Daniel Tams, 41, targeted elderly women as they browsed stores in Sunderland, Morpeth, Redcar and Ashington.

He would help himself to purses, containing cash and personal property, from the victims’ handbags.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Tams admitted four charges of theft.

He admitted an attempted theft relating to a failed bid to snatch a student’s purse, and a charge of assault by beating in connection with a shopkeeper, who was pushed when she realised the student was being targeted.

Tams also pleaded guilty to fraud, after he used one of his victim’s bank cards to take out cash.

The charges all relate to incidents between January and July last year.

Tams of Drybeck Court, Ryehill, Newcastle, will ask the judge to take a further similar theft offence, committed last November, into account when the case is listed for sentence.