Romanian mugger who pounced on four elderly women using ATMs then slit their bags open with a RAZOR to steal money is jailed for five years after £11,200 haul
- Daniel Calinescu, 42, stole around £2,500 a time from women aged 62 to 78
- Spied on them at cashpoints and slashed handbags with a blade to grab money
Daniel Calinescu, 42, stole £11,200 from four women aged between 62 and 78 in a crime wave across London spanning six weeks and was jailed for
A ‘nasty’ Romanian mugger who followed pensioners to cashpoints before slashing their handbags with a razor blade to grab their money was jailed for five years today.
Daniel Calinescu, 42, stole £11,200 from four women aged between 62 and 78 in a crime wave across London spanning six weeks.
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Calinescu spied on elderly and vulnerable people as they withdrew cash over the counter at banks, then followed them outside, Southwark Crown Court heard.
As they walked away he pounced, usually as his victims were boarding buses.
Calinescu twice used a razor blade or knife to slash his victims’ bags and take their cash.
In his first known attack on July 9 a 78-year-old woman had £2,500 stolen in St John’s Hill, Battersea.
Ten days later on July 19 a 62-year-old woman had £2,500 stolen in Shrewsbury Avenue, Harrow.
On July 29 a 73-year-old woman had £1,700 stolen in Barrett’s Grove, Hackney. Then a 72-year-old woman had £4,500 stolen in High Street, Ealing on August 20.
The Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) proactive team investigated the crimes and found Calinescu was working as part of a gang of up to six thieves.
He was arrested on September 15 and admitted four counts of theft.
Jailing Calinescu for five years, Judge Joanna Korner said: ‘You have pleaded guilty to four counts of theft, the most unpleasant and nasty offences which can be committed within this category of crime.
‘No doubt you were deliberately targeting victims because of their obvious vulnerability. No other punishment is suitable other than immediate imprisonment; it must be of some length to mark public disapproval of people such as yourself and your activities.’
DS Shaun Holyhead of RTPC said: ‘I am pleased with the conviction and sentence handed down today. We are working hard to identify Calinescu’s associates and other criminals who target Londoners in this way.’
Calinescu, of no fixed address, admitted four charges of theft.