Mohamed Djiama who would target lone woman on tube and then snatch their mobile phones have been jailed for 2 years.
He would target passengers mainly on the District and Central line trains.
He would snatch mobile from his victim and then run away before being stopped. A crime he got professional at.
He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted theft and 18 counts of theft at Blackfrairs Crown Court.
He was jailed for 2 years and ordered to pay £140 in fine.
The court was told how an investigation by British Transport Police revealed that Djiama was linked to the 19 offences.
He was arrested on 25 Jan after an officer saw him in action.
“His tactics were brazen, but his arrogance blinded him and he was caught by one of our officers at Stepney Green station,” said Det Con Owen Lynch of BTP.
“I am pleased he has been handed a custodial sentence meaning he is now unable to continue with his behaviour.
“We simply will not tolerate robberies such as this on the transport network and work hard to catch offenders.
“Thankfully we police a CCTV rich environment which helps us enormously in identifying offenders and their tactics. We then use this to track them down and, in Djiama’s case, bring them before the courts.
“If you’re using the rail network to commit your crimes, it is only a matter of time before we find you.”
Steve Burton, Transport for London director of compliance and policing, said: “All of our customers have the right to travel without fear of crime and we are pleased to see the successful sentencing of this prolific thief. We continue to work with the police to keep the network a safe, low-crime environment.”