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Romanian gang are jailed for thefts.

THREE members of a gang of professional criminals have been jailed following a distraction burglary in which an elderly shop owner was tricked out of a tray of antique rings.

They each received nine months following the raids at Prestatyn and Rhos-on-Sea.

Mold Crown Court heard how the three Romanian nationals, from London, were later arrested in Devon.

In the first shop, one of them deliberately dropped a sandwich and while it was being cleared up an iPad valued at pounds 500 was stolen.

Then in an antiques shop one of the women tried on a silver bangle and pretended that it had got stuck.

In the commotion that followed, one of them stolen a tray of 36 rings valued at more than pounds 18,800.

Judge Niclas Parry told them: Let there be no doubt about it, you area gang of travelling criminals.

"You travelled from London to target North Wales.

It was planned crime. Gangs of professionals targeting businesses in North Wales is a serious problem.

When they appear in front of the courts they will be sentenced in away that will hopefully stop others.

Judge Parry said that they had entered the antique shop because it looked like a small modest business, security was probably low and they knew there were not many staff.

Working together, you want away with thousands of pounds worth of goods."

Husband and wife Leonard Tanase, 26, and Carmelia Veriga, 29, and Vandana Mihai, 27, who all had London addresses, admitted both thefts at Wedding Bliss in Prestatyn and at an antiques shop in Rhos-on-Sea in January.
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Date:Apr 30, 2012
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