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Pictured: Police custody picture of Steven Kaged<br />
Re: A luggage thief who struck twice within three hours, stealing bags from trains travelling between Newport and Swansea, has been jailed for 16 months.<br />
Steven Martin Kaged targeted passengers on board two separate Great Western Railway services during the afternoon of Thursday, 20 July. He first stole a bag containing a laptop and jewellery before boarding a second train less than three hours later to pinch a suitcase. The total value of both bags was around £1,200.<br />
He was caught as part of a 10-week British Transport Police operation to tackle theft of passenger property along the South Wales mainline.<br />
Operation Red Willow involved specialist plain clothes and uniform officers patrolling on trains at key times. Neighbourhood policing teams from Cardiff and Swansea carried out further reassurance and intelligence gathering patrols, and also held engagement events on trains and at mainline stations between Newport and Swansea, advising passengers on the best ways to look after their property while travelling.<br />
As well as Kaged, a further three arrests were made as part of the operation, all for possession of Class A drugs. Two men - Michael Daniel Simms, aged 35, of London Road, Neath; and 36-year-old Nigel Huw Edwards, of Mount Pleasant Cottages, Llangeinor, Bridgend – have been charged to appear in court, while a 40-year-old Neath woman is due to receive a caution.<br />
Appearing at Cardiff Crown Court on 14 September, Kaged, aged 35, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for both offences and was also ordered to pay £140 victim surcharge.<br />
Sergeant Ben Randall-Webb from the Cardiff-based Proactive CID team, who headed up Operation Red Willow, said: “We’re really pleased with how the operation has gone. Not only have we removed a known thief from the rail network and put him behind bars, but we have also managed to further deter the flow of drugs. There is a clear link between the buying an
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Pictured: Police custody picture of Steven Kaged
Re: A luggage thief who struck twice within three hours, stealing bags from trains travelling between Newport and Swansea, has been jailed for 16 months.
Steven Martin Kaged targeted passengers on board two separate Great Western Railway services during the afternoon of Thursday, 20 July. He first stole a bag containing a laptop and jewellery before boarding a second train less than three hours later to pinch a suitcase. The total...
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