Search

Three pickpockets jailed for targeting elderly in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 19:49 01 December 2018 | UPDATED: 19:50 01 December 2018

Duduianu, Baeram and Bocaca were jailed for pickpocketing often vulnerable victims. Picture: Met Police

Duduianu, Baeram and Bocaca were jailed for pickpocketing often vulnerable victims. Picture: Met Police

Archant

Prolific pickpockets who flew to the UK to targeted elderly and vulnerable victims in Redbridge, Newham and Barking and Dagenham have been jailed.

Nuti Baeram, 39 of no fixed address, Antonivici Duduianu, 43, of no fixed address and Liviu George Bocaca, 27 of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, November 30.

The court heard how an investigation by the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) into thefts on the bus network identified two men and a woman carrying out distraction pickpocketing.

After trawling through CCTV footage between January and August this year, officers discovered that the trio primarily targeted elderly and vulnerable victims - the eldest being 93-years-old.

Their tactics involved one of them offering to help a victim on or off of a bus while an accomplice either blocked the aisle or caused a backlog to prevent other people getting on.

Whilst distracted, one member of the group would pickpocket the victim.

Other distraction methods including placing a scarf over the victim’s handbag and in the majority of thefts, cash, bank cards and mobile phones were taken.

Det Sgt Shaun Holyhead, from the RTPC, said: “It is thought that the three defendants flew to and from the UK in order to carry out their crimes in the hope that they would be untraceable.

“However, with the extensive CCTV coverage on London buses, we were able to identify them, and with the vast amount of evidence, they had no choice but to plead guilty.

“The callousness they showed in targeting the elderly is truly shocking. In some of their crimes, they took what might appear to some, to be a small amount of cash, but to their victims, it was significant and would have impacted on their lives.

“I hope their convictions will act as a deterrent to others who are intent on using the transport network to commit crime that they stand a very good chance of being caught and jailed.”

Baeram, and Duduianu were sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for 19 offences over an eight-month period.

Bocaca, who pleaded guilty to four of the same offences, was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

A Met Police spokesman said as Londoners begin to enjoy the festivities in the build-up to Christmas, these convictions should act as a reminder that pickpockets and thieves will try to prey on people in bustling areas and crowded transport.

“We would encourage people to remain vigilant and keep bags securely closed,” he said.

“Further crime prevention advice is available via our website met.police.uk.”

Latest Ilford Stories

50 minutes ago

The lost stories of 54 Goodmayes parishioners who gave their lives in the First World War are set to be uncovered with the help of a £10,000 grant.

Yesterday, 17:18

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Yesterday, 17:00

The former professional development phase lead coach moved to Barnet earlier this month

Yesterday, 16:02

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Yesterday, 16:00

Essex club played against 10 men for almost an hour after Josh Staunton saw red for Shaymen

Yesterday, 15:49

Ilford’s Labour MPs have called for a second referendum to be held on Brexit after prime minister Theresa May called off a Parliamentary vote on her deal.

Yesterday, 15:00

Dee Safer’s team have won six games in a row and a seventh consecutive triumph would send them first

Yesterday, 14:09

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now