Two pickpockets jailed for tube thefts

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Two pickpockets have been jailed after stealing purses from tube passengers.

Ion Tanase, 34, of High Street, Barkingside, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 10, after pleading guilty to two counts of theft.

He was sentenced for 32 months and will spend half the time in jail and half on license. 

Ciprian Marasac, 29, of Imperial Road, Wood Green, also pleaded guilty and was jailed for 12 months on November 28.

The theft took place at around 11.50pm on October 10 at Tottenham Court Road tube station, after the pair watched a 30-year-old woman top up her Oyster card, before removing her purse from her bag while she was on the escalator.

They then withdrew £300 from her bank account.

On November 1, at around 11.40pm, they took a purse from the bag of a 25-year-old woman at a cash machine outside Tottenham Court Road station and later withdrew £800.

The pair were spotted by a police officer on November 26 on Charing Cross Road acting suspiciously, and were later arrested when the officer recognised them as the two people wanted in connection with the thefts.

Detective constable Mark Connor, said: “On each occasion Tanase and Marasac worked as a team by watching people enter their pin number at a ticket machine or ATM before stealing their purse.

“They used the ‘easy dip’ tactic by reaching into an open bag and removing the item. 

"Their sentence should send a clear message that theft on the London Underground network is completely unacceptable and is taken extremely seriously.”

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2:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

OngarRS says...

More enrichment of our society!
More enrichment of our society! OngarRS
  • Score: 4

5:37pm Thu 16 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

Once again consider the 25,000 crimes committed in the EU by UK nationals: would you be any happier if they were the ones stealing purses on Tottenham Court Road?
Once again consider the 25,000 crimes committed in the EU by UK nationals: would you be any happier if they were the ones stealing purses on Tottenham Court Road? stickmanny
  • Score: -4

5:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Upshirehorse says...

stickmanny wrote:
Once again consider the 25,000 crimes committed in the EU by UK nationals: would you be any happier if they were the ones stealing purses on Tottenham Court Road?
How does your comment relate to the two subjects of the report? They are in the UK and it is reported in the media that this is a crime favoured by nationals from their country. It is true that Brits abroad commit crime as well, like say, the two young girls from Scotland, caught smuggling drugs last year but the fact of the matter is that this type of crime is highly prevalent amongst these nationals and the two issues do not correlate.
[quote][p][bold]stickmanny[/bold] wrote: Once again consider the 25,000 crimes committed in the EU by UK nationals: would you be any happier if they were the ones stealing purses on Tottenham Court Road?[/p][/quote]How does your comment relate to the two subjects of the report? They are in the UK and it is reported in the media that this is a crime favoured by nationals from their country. It is true that Brits abroad commit crime as well, like say, the two young girls from Scotland, caught smuggling drugs last year but the fact of the matter is that this type of crime is highly prevalent amongst these nationals and the two issues do not correlate. Upshirehorse
  • Score: 5

6:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

stickmanny says...

hmm judgements based on media reports...
hmm judgements based on media reports... stickmanny
  • Score: -4

6:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

MorrisHickey says...

In the days before crackpot immigration judges and "ooman" rights they'd have been deported.
In the days before crackpot immigration judges and "ooman" rights they'd have been deported. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 6

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