ROMANIAN GANG JAILED FOR STRING OF JEWELLERY HEISTS – A Romanian gang, responsible for a number of jewellery heists around London will finally been sent to prison.
The gang’s modus operandi was to dress up as respectable potential customers, kitted out in smart pinstriped suits. Upon entering the premises of the jewellery shops they then set about robbing the owners.
All in told the estimated crime spree has netted the gang over £1 million, who targeted mostly Indian and Turkish jewelers in and around London.
Members of the jury were told how the Romanian gang had entered Britain with the sole purpose of committing crime; which further fuels public fear over the looming Right of Free Movement in 2014 which could see millions of Romanians and Bulgarians heading for Britain in an attempt to escape poverty in their own countries.
In a recent article, meebal.com detailed how foreign immigrants topped the UK’s most wanted list, which detailed that all were from Eastern European countries, including Romania and Poland.
As police swooped in on their final robbery one gang member, Ovidiu Gabor, 25, remarked to police officers; “I don’t care, I go to prison to be on holiday.”; which further fuels public belief that our prisons are more akin to five star hotels than a place of punishment.
Prosecutors told the jury that these Romanians had come here for the sole purpose of committing crime and that they were part of a much larger organised crime syndicate being operated by Romanians in the UK.
The following Romanians were all found guilty:
Catalin Paise, 19,
Puiu-Danut Paunescu, 26
Marius Barbu, 25
Vasile Batarga, 23
Lulian Culba, 22
Ovidiu Gabor, 25
Loan Gavrilit, 26
Constantin Irina, 30
Gheorghe Macovei, 23
Lulian Roman, 21
The question now is whether, upon release, they can be deported, which is unlikely considering the current Human Rights legislation firmly in place to prevent such an act.
For all of the victims, including the owners and shop staff, the robberies were brutal and fast. The first gang member would ring the bell to be let in. Staff would then see a well dress gentlemen in a pinstripe suit and release the door lock. As he entered he would then hold open the door allowing all the gang members to enter, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, and wielding sledgehammers to break through casings. A number of staff, were on occasion beaten and one was subjected to a knock on the head with a sledgehammer. Police believed it was only a matter of time, if they were not caught, this would transgress from robbery to murder.
This case highlights to growing crime that is carried out by foreign immigration, especially from Eastern European countries. Some organisations have voiced their concerns over the pending Right of Free Movement noting that immigration will become uncontrollable and with it organised crime.