Thieves face ‘bleak fu­ture’ in Ro­ma­nia

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES - BY CIARAN SHANKS

FOUR Ro­ma­nian na­tion­als were caught with £645 worth of stolen goods in Dundee city cen­tre.

Ge­orge Mazarache, 22, Lau­ren­tiu Petcu, 18, Juli­eta Mazarache, 18, and David Ji­ge­nara, 18, all ad­mit­ted shoplift­ing cloth­ing from Pri­mark and footwear from Sports Di­rect in the Over­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 11.

All four were ad­mon­ished at Dundee Sher­iff Court af­ter it was re­vealed that a flight was booked to re­turn to Ro­ma­nia to­day.

They had spent about five weeks in Perthshire car­ry­ing out sea­sonal work.

Two other men were ini­tially charged with shoplift­ing

Depute fis­cal Sue Ruta told the court the quar­tet was brought to the at­ten­tion of staff at The McManus at around 12.50pm.

Po­lice were asked to at­tend the mu­seum as it was sus­pected the four were in pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty hid­den by two males. A re­view of CCTV footage was car­ried out and cam­era op­er­a­tors in­formed of­fi­cers that they had seen a group of peo­ple fit­ting their de­scrip­tion in the Nether­gate area of Dundee city cen­tre.

Ms Ruta said: “Po­lice at­tended and found two bags ly­ing loose on the pave­ment and at this time they spoke to the sec­ond ac­cused and Juli­eta Mazarache.

“All of the group were to­gether. Given that they were sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in shoplift­ing, a CCTV re­view was car­ried out in Sports Di­rect and Pri­mark and ev­i­dence of stolen prop­erty was found in the ac­cused’s pos­ses­sion.”

The court heard £260 worth of cloth­ing was stolen from Pri­mark with £385 of footwear taken from Sports Di­rect. All of the stolen items were re­cov­ered.

Solic­i­tor Kris Gil­martin, who acted for Mr Ji­ge­nara, said all four were only in the coun­try for a short pe­riod of time on sea­sonal work.

He said their in­ten­tion was to send money home but most of their earn­ings had been spent on ac­com­mo­da­tion and travel ar­range­ments.

The court heard that the four are re­turn­ing to a “bleak fu­ture” in Ro­ma­nia due to a lack of job prospects in their home coun­try.

Mr Mazarache de­scribed the thefts in court as an “act of stu­pid­ity”.

Sher­iff Martin-Brown ad­mon­ished and dis­missed all four on the charges.

The Over­gate

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