The four criminals from Walthamstow targeted tourists at London's 'Wolf of Wall Street' film premier

'Professional gang of thieves' jailed for preying on tourists

Florian Cernat claimed he acted alone in the thefts

The stolen phones were found in Suchiu's car close to Leicester Square

Remus Dumitru jailed for one year

Elena Zamfir jailed for nine months

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A group of pickpockets from Walthamstow have been jailed for 'preying on innocent' tourists at a busy film premiere. 

Florian Cernat, 48, of Carlton Road, and Higham Hill Road residents Llie Suchiu, 35, Remus Dumitru, 35, and Elena Zamfir, 24, targeted tourists at the Leicester Square film premier 'Wolf of Wall Street' on January 9.

Cernat, Suchiu, and Dumitru were all sentenced to 12 month in prison and Zamfir, jailed for nine months, after admitting to conspiracy to steal at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday.

Plain clothed officers specialising in pickpockets, spotted the group using the 'concealed hand' tactic to try and steal from tourists, and arrested them as they tried to leave Piccadilly Circus in Suchiu's car.

In an attempt to free three of his accomplices, Cernat told police during an interview how we acted alone during the mobile phone theft spree in which four stolen phones were recovered in Suchiu's car.

Investigating officer, PC Tom Wood said: "Thanks to the quick actions of our specialist pickpocket squad officers, these four people are now in prison.

"They were a well rehearsed, professional gang of thieves, who preyed on innocent tourists using the ‘concealed hand’ tactic.

"Despite their attempts to pass the buck onto Cernat, our investigation proved this was clearly an organised crime, which involved them all. No doubt many thefts have been prevented with this team behind bars."

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5:20pm Tue 15 Apr 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

They may reside in Walthamstow but they are FROM another country.
Hopefully when they leave prison they'll be deported.
They may reside in Walthamstow but they are FROM another country. Hopefully when they leave prison they'll be deported. MICHAEL MCGOUGH
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5:48pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
They may reside in Walthamstow but they are FROM another country.
Hopefully when they leave prison they'll be deported.
Yes to describe them as from Walthamstow is Political Correctness gone mad, they are from Romania via Walthamstow , calling at Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and terminating at Gaol although by past history it is not a return ticket back to their origin.
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: They may reside in Walthamstow but they are FROM another country. Hopefully when they leave prison they'll be deported.[/p][/quote]Yes to describe them as from Walthamstow is Political Correctness gone mad, they are from Romania via Walthamstow , calling at Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and terminating at Gaol although by past history it is not a return ticket back to their origin. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 27

12:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

mdj says...

Could we not have an international agreement that convicted criminals are imprisoned in their country of origin? I'm sure that paying local custody rates would save a lot of money.
Could we not have an international agreement that convicted criminals are imprisoned in their country of origin? I'm sure that paying local custody rates would save a lot of money. mdj
  • Score: 14

12:32pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Mr Cernat could easily get a job after release as a Lookalike for Al Pacino in Scarface and pay all his hard earned cash as reparations to the victims?
Mr Cernat could easily get a job after release as a Lookalike for Al Pacino in Scarface and pay all his hard earned cash as reparations to the victims? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

1:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

I'm a left wing liberal and i think it's nice that we can import criminals. I feel so sorry for them too!

- I couldn't give a stuff about their victims! or the taxpayer!
I'm a left wing liberal and i think it's nice that we can import criminals. I feel so sorry for them too! - I couldn't give a stuff about their victims! or the taxpayer! G_Whiz
  • Score: 2

8:32am Fri 18 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

G_Whiz wrote:
I'm a left wing liberal and i think it's nice that we can import criminals. I feel so sorry for them too!

- I couldn't give a stuff about their victims! or the taxpayer!
I'm a left wing liberal and I don't think it's nice that we can import criminals. I don't feel sorry for them.

I care about their victims. As for "the taxpayer" - when you use that phrase you are not speaking for anyone else. You mean "me" don't you?
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: I'm a left wing liberal and i think it's nice that we can import criminals. I feel so sorry for them too! - I couldn't give a stuff about their victims! or the taxpayer![/p][/quote]I'm a left wing liberal and I don't think it's nice that we can import criminals. I don't feel sorry for them. I care about their victims. As for "the taxpayer" - when you use that phrase you are not speaking for anyone else. You mean "me" don't you? stickmanny
  • Score: 1

8:41am Fri 18 Apr 14

stickmanny says...

mdj wrote:
Could we not have an international agreement that convicted criminals are imprisoned in their country of origin? I'm sure that paying local custody rates would save a lot of money.
We could, only the cost to us of deporting foreign criminals plus repatriating ours may well mean we spend more over all.

UK citizens commit roughly as much crime abroad as foreign nationals do here. I'm sure foreign news forums are full of complaints about UK criminals but none of us read them.

Crime is crime. The nationality of the criminal is not relevant.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: Could we not have an international agreement that convicted criminals are imprisoned in their country of origin? I'm sure that paying local custody rates would save a lot of money.[/p][/quote]We could, only the cost to us of deporting foreign criminals plus repatriating ours may well mean we spend more over all. UK citizens commit roughly as much crime abroad as foreign nationals do here. I'm sure foreign news forums are full of complaints about UK criminals but none of us read them. Crime is crime. The nationality of the criminal is not relevant. stickmanny
  • Score: 1

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