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Accrington booze thief jailed after security tag decoy trick

A shoplifter used himself as a decoy while members of his gang carried out an £800 ‘trolley dash’ from a supermarket.

Blackburn magistrates heard that associates of Florin Cornel Pletea loaded £800 worth of booze on to a trolley after removing security tags.

A female pushed the trolley out of the store followed by Pletea who was carrying a tag.

As security staff swooped on Pletea, the women got clean away with the haul.

But he returned to the same store a month later and this time was detained as he entered and staff discovered he was carrying a security tag.

“He is a professional shoplifter,” said Catherine Allan, prosecuting. “He has only been in the country for seven months and has already been convicted of 13 offences.”

Pletea, 36, originally from Romania but now of Porters Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, pleaded guilty to shoplifting at Asda, Accrington, and going equipped for theft with a security pin tag.

He was jailed for three months.

Miss Allan said Pletea had been served with deportation papers.

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1:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Whydidtheybanme? says...

13 convictions in 7 months - should be 1 strike and out!
13 convictions in 7 months - should be 1 strike and out! Whydidtheybanme?
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2:34pm Mon 21 Jan 13

oracle999 says...

Seriously, why is he in the country still, or at least not in prison?
Seriously, why is he in the country still, or at least not in prison? oracle999
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3:44pm Mon 21 Jan 13

thermio says...

There will be plenty more of these people over here when Romania and Bulgaria join the EU and we open the door.
We are going to need a Judge Dredd type system to deal with the amount of crime. It's OK though, we can just pay more tax.
There will be plenty more of these people over here when Romania and Bulgaria join the EU and we open the door. We are going to need a Judge Dredd type system to deal with the amount of crime. It's OK though, we can just pay more tax. thermio
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5:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Black Car Guy. says...

oracle999 wrote:
Seriously, why is he in the country still, or at least not in prison?
It will be his human right to stay out of prison and carry on.
[quote][p][bold]oracle999[/bold] wrote: Seriously, why is he in the country still, or at least not in prison?[/p][/quote]It will be his human right to stay out of prison and carry on. Black Car Guy.
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