Members of a Romanian crime gang broke into a series of jewellers across England in a series of burglaries where they stole more than £3.1million pounds worth of goods.
The six men were jailed for 47 years on the 17th of March for conspiring to commit burglaries at jewellers spanning various counties. The gang was responsible for the “high-value burglary” at Fraser Hart jewellers, in Silbury Arcade, CMK in 2015. The men were sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for the offences, including the raid in Milton Keynes. The gang tried to cover their escape by starting a fire nearby and padlocking a chain across the road to prevent a police pursuit. Watches, rings, necklaces and other items were stolen from branches of Beaverbrooks, Fraser Hart, Goldsmiths and independent jewellers in a series of 11 raids described as ‘meticulously planned’ by the detective running the investigation. Five men received the following sentences for conspiring to commit burglaries: Bogdan Costel Neagu, 24, of no fixed address, sentenced to eight years two months.
• 21 November 2015 – Fraser Hart, Milton Keynes• 31 December 2015 – Goldsmiths, Oxford• 9 February 2016 – Chris Shan Jewellers, Lancashire• 10 March 2016 – Beaverbrooks, Stoke-on-Trent• 7 April 2016 – Beaverbrooks, Basingstoke, Hampshire• 20 June 2016 – Breitling store, Bluewater, Kent• 26 July 2016 – Ernest Jones, Portsmouth• 5 August 2016 – Montblanc, Bicester Village, Oxfordshire• 23 August 2016 – Ernest Jones, Derby• 25 August 2016 – Fraser Hart, Peterborough• 7 September 2016 – Poel Jewellers, Stratford-upon-Avon
Ioan Bucuresteanu, 24, was sentenced to eight years; Vasile Daniel Cardos, 26, received eight years and two months; Silvu Ioan Acatrinei, 20, was sentenced to eight years; Andrei Florin Tifui, 28, was also sentenced to eight years.
Ioachim Karp, 19, was sentenced to six years six months for aggravated burglary and conspiracy.
Detective Chief Inspector Ricky Fields, of Staffordshire Police said: “They went to great lengths and employed an interesting MO in an attempt to avoid detection. This is a complex investigation which spans other police force areas including Thames Valley, Hampshire, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire and was supported by the National Crime Agency and West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit and Romanian authorities.
“This was a highly organised Romanian crime group who, thanks to great partnership working between all forces, we were able to bring to justice.
“Police officers across the country have worked tirelessly and diligently to achieve this result today in court. “I hope the sentences handed out today send out a strong message – Staffordshire Police, along with other forces, will not tolerate such crime in our communities and we will take positive action against those involved.
“It has been noted that the primary robberies took place in Fraser Hart in Milton Keynes, as well as its fellow branch in Peterborough. This includes jeweller’s Oxford, Lancashire, Basingstoke, Kent, and Portsmouth”.