Pair are jailed for theft spree

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Two se­rial thieves from Mother­well who stole booze from a su­per­mar­ket were jailed for four months last week.

Ciprian Amaza­leau, 34, and 39-year-old Lau­ren­tiu Pre­de­teanu ad­mit­ted steal­ing al­co­hol from the Co-op in Cal­lan­der, Stir­ling, on Novem­ber 14.

The Ro­ma­nian na­tion­als, both of Dal­ri­ada Av­enue ap­peared for sen­tence at Stir­ling Sher­iff Court last week.

The court heard that the duo had been re­spon­si­ble for a spate of sim­i­lar thefts else­where in Scot­land.

Lawyer Lisa Mcguigan told the court that they were re­al­is­tic about the prospect of a cus­to­dial sen­tence.

She also pointed out that Pre­de­teanu was“ex­tremely re­morse­ful and ashamed of his be­hav­iour”.

The so­lic­i­tor ex­plained that Pre­de­teanu’s in­ten­tion had been to come to Scot­land to find work so he could send money back home to his fam­ily.

Ms Mcguigan said:“he has been in cus­tody for a few weeks now and in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fam­ily back in Ro­ma­nia. He would be in a po­si­tion to pay a fine. His fa­ther has helped with that. He does have some money in Ro­ma­nia. He could pay any fine im­posed to­day.”

Once re­leased he in­tends to find work in Scot­land, she added.

Sher­iff Mac­don­ald pointed out that they could also be de­ported as well as im­pris­oned. Ms Mcguigan replied that both men un­der­stood that de­por­ta­tion was a pos­si­bil­ity.

Jail­ing each ac­cused for four months, back­dated to Novem­ber 20, Sher­iff Mac­don­ald told them:“this was a planned and or­gan­ised act of dis­hon­esty. Both of you trav­elled to this ju­ris­dic­tion for the sole pur­pose of the com­mis­sion of this crime.

“I have to have re­gard to the planned na­ture of this of­fence, to­gether with the spate of sim­i­lar of­fend­ing that has oc­curred else­where in Scot­land at your hands within a short space of time.

“There is no other ap­pro­pri­ate dis­posal avail­able to me other than im­pos­ing a pe­riod of im­pris­on­ment.

“In each case sen­tence I would have im­posed would have been six months’ im­pris­on­ment but I will re­duce that to four months in each case be­cause you took the op­por­tu­nity to plead guilty at the first op­por­tu­nity.

“I make no or­der in re­spect of de­por­ta­tion but fully an­tic­i­pate that the UK Home Of­fice may al­ready be aware of the cir­cum­stances.”

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