Tube pickpocket gang face deportation after jail terms
A GANG of pickpockets who came to Britain to target London Underground passengers have landed behind bars. Now they also face deportation
A GANG of pickpockets who came to Britain to target London Underground passengers have landed behind bars. Now they also face deportation.
The three were caught on CCTV thieving on the Central Line at Mile End and Liverpool Street stations.
The three Rumanians face being booted out of the country after they serve their time in jail.
Niculae Dimitru, 33, was jailed for eight months while his accomplices Mihai Roman, 28, and Filip Stoica, 20, received 12 months, all for conspiracy.
You may also want to watch:
They admitted consp[iracy when they appeared at Southwark crown court. All three have been told they will be deported after serving their sentences.
The men were first arrested for attempted theft earlier this year and pleaded guilty.
- 1 Leyton Orient confident next manager will take them to the next level
- 2 Leyton Orient reportedly down to final three candidates
- 3 Man, 20, found fighting for life at illegal rave in Bow
- 4 Indian variant of Covid-19 - what's the situation in London?
- 5 South Africa and Indian Covid variants found in Shoreditch and Dalston
- 6 Fire breaks out in flat near New Providence Wharf tower block
- 7 Covid-19 mass testing after variant detected in E1 postal area
- 8 Groomed girl speaks out after 'dangerous' Barking dealer who dealt Class A drugs in East End is jailed
- 9 'Stop building more towers,' MP at protest after New Providence Wharf fire
- 10 Kenny Jackett emerges as odds-on favourite for Leyton Orient job
But British Transport Police rearrested them as they left the dock-and nicked them for conspiracy.
"We had evidence they were involved in more offences," said Det Con Kathryn Faine after the hearing. "So we arrested them again and set about building a case against them.
"The CCTV showed them hanging around the booking hall at Liverpool Street, changing between platforms with no apparent purpose, allowing trains to go through without getting on and standing very close to other passengers on escalators. This is behaviour associated with pick-pocketing."
The detective added: "These men came to the UK with the sole intention of stealing."
The conspiracy charges related to thefts and attempted thefts on trains and at Mile End and Liverpool Street.
A woman was followed by the three onto the escalators during one incident on February 7. She got on a train to Oxford Circus and realised her purse was missing from her bag.
The men are then seen on CCTV stealing from a man 10 minutes later, again targeting him on the escalator.