A thief who inadvertently handed himself in to the police has been jailed for 20 weeks.
Joseph Carr, aged 30, of The Crescent, Woodlands, Doncaster, was sentenced following a British Transport Police investigation into the theft of a case containing electrical items worth £11,000.
He called at the police force’s Doncaster office on May 16, two weeks after he stole the case, claiming his own bag had been taken and asking for a crime number.
But he was wearing the same clothes he had worn when he stole the case and was immediately recognised and arrested.
In his police interviews Carr initially denied the theft, claiming the man in the CCTV was his ‘doppelganger’ and that it was just a ‘coincidence’ he happened to be wearing the same clothes.
His victim, a travelling sales rep, had placed her case, which contained laptops, iPhones and scanners, in the luggage rack of the London Euston to Newcastle service, on Friday, May 1.
When the train arrived at Newark Northgate station CCTV cameras captured Carr leave the train with the bag.
The victim only realised her case was missing as the train arrived at Newcastle station.
Investigating officer PC Roy Percival said: “The victim lost a lot of valuable stock, a substantial amount of which remains as yet unrecovered, all due to Carr’s actions.
“British Transport Police works hard to reduce the theft of passenger property and we would advise passengers, where possible, to always keep their luggage in sight.”