Thief Jailed For Stealing Blind Man's iPhone
Thursday 10th July 2014
A man who stole a blind man's iPhone before forcing him to buy it back has been jailed for two years and nine months.
Zach Zeto approached the partially-sighted man, who is registered blind, on the platform at Mitcham Junction tram stop and asked him for the time.
When the victim got his iPhone 5 out to look at the time, Mr Zeto snatched it out of his hands and demanded cash to get it back.
When the man didn't have enough money, he forced him to go to a cash machine to withdraw more money. When the man alighted at the station to do so, Zeto stayed on the train, taking the phone and change with him.
The victim reported the theft, then used the iPhone's "Find My Phone" function, where it was quickly tracked to an address in Brixton.
Detective Constable Mark Agrippa from the British Transport Police said: "This attack was a terrifying ordeal for the victim, who is registered blind, and was understandably scared of Zeto’s threats, giving him some money and agreeing to get more for him.
"I can only imagine how intimidated he felt, which makes it all the more commendable that he reported the offence to police and helped us fully in our enquiries.
"The custodial sentence handed to Zeto as a result of his actions is proof that BTP will always investigate offences of this nature to the fullest extent with the intention of holding those responsible to account."
Zeto, of Mulholland Road, Mitcham, was jailed for 33 months after pleading guilty to two counts of theft at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday.