Two jailed after stealing from elderly woman

Two thieves have been jailed after they stole jewellery from an elderly woman in Bury.

Earlier today, Wednesday 20 September 2017, the two were sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court as follows:

Zeita Voinescu (19/08/80) of no fixed abode was sentenced to two years and six months after pleading guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing.

Leonard Miclescu (21/08/74) of no fixed abode was sentenced to one year and three months after pleading guilty to theft at an earlier hearing.

The court heard how on Tuesday 9 May 2017, Miclescu was driving a Silver Ford Focus along Brierley Street, Bury, before stopping the car near to a 71-year-old woman as she crossed the road.

Voinescu greeted the woman before proceeding to hold up a map and ask for directions.

The woman approached the car to assist with directions before Voinescu forcefully grabbed her by the wrist and stole gold bangles and a necklace.

The two assailants then fled in the car which was subsequently located by police as it drove along Oldham Road, Ancoats, the following day.

Detective Constable Lucy Cronin, of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on an elderly woman that was just going about her daily business.

“Voinescu and Miclescu completely took advantage of the victim’s kind and trusting nature to lure her to their car and it’s unacceptable that she was targeted in this way.

“I am aware that incidents of this nature cause concern in the community and I would urge anyone that has fallen victim to similar crimes to please report it to the police so that we can continue to bring these criminals to justice.

“I hope today’s sentencing serves as a reminder to the public that we have no tolerance for these crimes and will continue to fight against them to keep the community safe.

“I am pleased these two offenders have been held accountable for their actions and are now behind bars.”

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