Chingford robber who targeted elderly in Walthamstow and Leyton jailed

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: George Ciubotaru George Ciubotaru

A ROBBER whose victims included a 91-year-old disabled woman in a mobility scooter has been jailed.

George Ciubotaru, 22, of Chingford Mount Road, Chingford, targeted vulnerable, elderly people across the borough during a three-week mugging spree in 2009.

Ciubotaru approached his oldest victim as she sat in her mobility scooter in the grounds of Electric House, a sheltered housing complex in Teresa Mews, Walthamstow, at 4pm on December 15 of that year.

He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.

Ciubotaru also mugged five other men and women, including three aged in their eighties, in Walthamstow and Leyton, as well as a 32-year-old man in Walthamstow Central Library.

Police searched through hours of CCTV in an attempt to trace the robber, but later learned he had left the country for Romania or Italy.

However, he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Waltham Forest in March this year and later charged with six robberies, a burglary and a theft.

He was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court earlier this month and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

Detective Constable Ray Anderson said: "This man has been convicted following a despicable spate of robberies against elderly and vulnerable victims.

"The conviction of this individual reaffirms our commitment to bring offenders to justice and protect our community."

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4:25pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Techno3 says...

Not much of an asset to our community, is he?
Not much of an asset to our community, is he? Techno3

4:34pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Trevor 2 says...

Sorry, but the words 'Lamppost' and 'Rope' spring to mind!
Sorry, but the words 'Lamppost' and 'Rope' spring to mind! Trevor 2

6:02pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Dave mp says...

Good, but he should have got more and will we deport him? probably not, so we will pay out for him (and offspring, hangers on, etc etc) for life.
Good, but he should have got more and will we deport him? probably not, so we will pay out for him (and offspring, hangers on, etc etc) for life. Dave mp

6:02pm Wed 19 Dec 12

hpmark says...

"He was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court earlier this month and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. Not long enough IMO.
"He was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court earlier this month and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison. Not long enough IMO. hpmark

6:29pm Wed 19 Dec 12

SXH says...

The Home office would say it is a breach of his human rights, if deported, whilst their in prison they will apply for leave to remain, the normal scam their life is in danger if they are deported back to there country.

Our human rights dont matter of the damage they do.
Targetting the elderly and disabled is a cowards way, our laws need to change.
The Home office would say it is a breach of his human rights, if deported, whilst their in prison they will apply for leave to remain, the normal scam their life is in danger if they are deported back to there country. Our human rights dont matter of the damage they do. Targetting the elderly and disabled is a cowards way, our laws need to change. SXH

6:41pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Cornbeefur says...

Well as from next year another 20 million Romanians and Bulgarians are eligible to come to the UK.

Bliar's 'Legacy'
Well as from next year another 20 million Romanians and Bulgarians are eligible to come to the UK. Bliar's 'Legacy' Cornbeefur

8:30pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Dave mp says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Well as from next year another 20 million Romanians and Bulgarians are eligible to come to the UK.

Bliar's 'Legacy'
Thanks for that! we really needed that 'good' news?
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: Well as from next year another 20 million Romanians and Bulgarians are eligible to come to the UK. Bliar's 'Legacy'[/p][/quote]Thanks for that! we really needed that 'good' news? Dave mp

10:16pm Wed 19 Dec 12

SXH says...

I second that Dave, its made my day, NOT
I second that Dave, its made my day, NOT SXH

12:50am Thu 20 Dec 12

W F B says...

Cornbeefur, that's why the're knocking down our historic buildings in Waltham forest. To house them all.
Cornbeefur, that's why the're knocking down our historic buildings in Waltham forest. To house them all. W F B

8:18am Thu 20 Dec 12

Mister Jones says...

'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.'

Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t!
'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.' Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t! Mister Jones

9:15am Thu 20 Dec 12

myopinioncounts says...

"Mister Jones says...
'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.'
Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t!"
Well spotted Mister Jones, that made me laugh. If only it were true!
"Mister Jones says... 'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.' Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t!" Well spotted Mister Jones, that made me laugh. If only it were true! myopinioncounts

9:21am Thu 20 Dec 12

SXH says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
"Mister Jones says...
'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.'
Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t!"
Well spotted Mister Jones, that made me laugh. If only it were true!
made me laugh too, i missed that, i hope it was lol
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: "Mister Jones says... 'He waved a newspaper in front of her before grabbing a bag attached to her waste.' Does this mean he grabbed her colostomy bag? No wonder he ended up in the s**t!" Well spotted Mister Jones, that made me laugh. If only it were true![/p][/quote]made me laugh too, i missed that, i hope it was lol SXH

10:58am Thu 20 Dec 12

Cornbeefur says...

SXH wrote:
I second that Dave, its made my day, NOT
But unfortunately, these are the facts and it is why UKIP and realistic thinking MP's in the Labour Party and Coalition are urging Cameron to use his powers to block this entitlement for the Countries mentioned.

Let us not forget that it was New Labour under Blair who estimated that there would be around 15,000 Polish Migrants and other East European's seeking employment here when controls were relaxed not the Millions who have arrived since.

Schools, Hospitals, GP services all under enormous strains. Primary Schools are bursting at the seams in some areas.
[quote][p][bold]SXH[/bold] wrote: I second that Dave, its made my day, NOT[/p][/quote]But unfortunately, these are the facts and it is why UKIP and realistic thinking MP's in the Labour Party and Coalition are urging Cameron to use his powers to block this entitlement for the Countries mentioned. Let us not forget that it was New Labour under Blair who estimated that there would be around 15,000 Polish Migrants and other East European's seeking employment here when controls were relaxed not the Millions who have arrived since. Schools, Hospitals, GP services all under enormous strains. Primary Schools are bursting at the seams in some areas. Cornbeefur

11:46pm Mon 24 Dec 12

danfire70 says...

You would think with all that robbing he could have scraped the money together to buy a comb.
You would think with all that robbing he could have scraped the money together to buy a comb. danfire70

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