Romanian gang stole more than £4,000 of perfume in ONE DAY
A gang of female Romanian shoplifters have been spared jail after stealing more than £4,000 of perfume in one day during a nationwide four-month crime spree.
The Birmingham-based quartet targeted busy shopping centres across the country, discreetly swiping luxury products such as Chanel, before being foiled.
Marin reportedly punched the security guard, while Radu later was handed an eight-month suspended sentence.
On January 12, Stan and Stoian went to a Boots in Northampton 'where their behaviour drew immediate attention because they both carrying large empty bags,' the court heard.
Miss Scott-Jones said: 'They were observed removing items from the perfume cabinet and placing them in their bags. Both women then left the store making no attempt to pay for the goods.'
When confronted the two women were found to have two Chanel fragrances worth £200.
Just over a month later all four defendants were captured on CCTV stealing multiple bottles of perfume from John Lewis in Bristol worth £4,283.
When interviewed, Stan said: 'I saw the perfume. I liked it. I took the items as gifts for my friends for Valentine's Day.' Stoian repeated the claim.
Bucurestean had tried to justify her involvement in the crime saying she 'did not know stealing was a crime'.
Sentencing, Judge Sarah Buckingham said: 'This was a pre-planned operation and an example of organised offending.
'You travelled the length and breadth of the country carrying out these offences.
'I am prepared to accept there is little evidence that either of you are part of the planning committee deciding which shops should be targeted and what should be taken. It is perfectly clear there are others in control.'
Stan, of Sparkbrook, was given a 12-month community order and ordered to do 50 hours of unpaid work after she pleaded guilty to two charges of theft.
Stoian, of Small Heath, had previously pleaded guilty to theft and was also handed a 12-month community order.
At a previous hearing earlier this month, Marin and Bucurestean also admitted their roles in the gang.
Marin, of Bordesley Green, pleaded guilty to three charges of theft from a shop, assault by beating, and failing to answer to bail.
Last year during a separate shoplift she became abusive and punched a security guard in the face.
For this she was handed an eight-month suspended sentence earlier this year for theft offences as well as obstructing a police officer.
And this month she was handed an 18-month community order involving 20 days of rehabilitation activity and 40 hours of unpaid work.
Bucurestean, of Sparkbrook, pleaded guilty to one charge of theft from a shop.
She was given a 12-month community order with 20 days of rehabilitation activity and 30 hours of unpaid work.