Thief jailed for stealing poppy tins on Remembrance Sunday

Echo: Iulia Olteanu Iulia Olteanu

A THIEF has been jailed for stealing three poppy collection tins on Remembrance Sunday.

Iulia Olteanu, 31, who was finally caught following an appeal in the Echo, has been sentenced to 84 days in prison.

She had been operating with another man, believed to be Liviu Ghitoi, who is still wanted by police.

Within the space of one hour and 15 minutes thefts were committed at three shops in Rochford and Hockley, on November 11 last year.

The Costcutter in Main Road, Hockley, was first hit at 1.20pm after the cashier was distracted by a man, believed to be Ghitoi, 22, who came into the store.

The next theft happened at about 2pm at the Spar in West Street, Rochord, and then finally at Sanders food and wine shop, Ashingdon Road, Rochford, at 2.30pm.

Olteanu of Fanshawe Avenue, Barking, appeared before Southend Magistrates Court where she pleaded guilty to three counts of theft. She also admitted failing to answer bail on December 28.

Peter Wood, owner of Costcutter, in Hockley, said it was “fantastic news” she had been caught.

Essex Police are still hunting for Liviu Ghitoi whose last known address was in Barking, East London.

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9:11am Tue 26 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing.

I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ?

Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past.
I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing. I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ? Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past. supermadmax
  • Score: 1

9:13am Tue 26 Feb 13

JuliaM says...

So we get to keep her in free food and accommodation? Put her to work picking litter!

Then deport her.
So we get to keep her in free food and accommodation? Put her to work picking litter! Then deport her. JuliaM
  • Score: 12

9:13am Tue 26 Feb 13

JuliaM says...

supermadmax wrote:
I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing.

I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ?

Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past.
You can't 'shame' people like this.
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing. I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ? Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past.[/p][/quote]You can't 'shame' people like this. JuliaM
  • Score: 7

9:35am Tue 26 Feb 13

wagger says...

I bet she knows where the other sc****g is ! Keep her locked up 'till she divulges his whereabouts, then deport them both !
I bet she knows where the other sc****g is ! Keep her locked up 'till she divulges his whereabouts, then deport them both ! wagger
  • Score: 5

9:39am Tue 26 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

excellent news, the echo placed their mugshots online and in the paper months back as they was wanted in connection with the thefts(even naming them i recall).,..., and its great to get a follow up on this one with a good end result, now just to track down the Git.
but feel sorry for the unlucky person sharing a cell with her, enough to give you nightmares. 31 more like 59.
excellent news, the echo placed their mugshots online and in the paper months back as they was wanted in connection with the thefts(even naming them i recall).,..., and its great to get a follow up on this one with a good end result, now just to track down the Git. but feel sorry for the unlucky person sharing a cell with her, enough to give you nightmares. 31 more like 59. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

9:39am Tue 26 Feb 13

The Rothschild Cowgirl says...

@JuliaM
So very true !

I feel the amount stolen should have little or no bearing on the sentence in this case. I doubt they would have had any way of knowing how much was in the collection boxes. I feel the sentence is a lenient one. First offence ? Not likely !
@JuliaM So very true ! I feel the amount stolen should have little or no bearing on the sentence in this case. I doubt they would have had any way of knowing how much was in the collection boxes. I feel the sentence is a lenient one. First offence ? Not likely ! The Rothschild Cowgirl
  • Score: 5

9:41am Tue 26 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Community service after her release....picking up dog sh** for 12 months for starters.
Community service after her release....picking up dog sh** for 12 months for starters. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

9:44am Tue 26 Feb 13

David_Cameron says...

Outrageous! She should be strapped to the Cenotaph, then whipped within an inch of her life!
Then send her back to Jonnyforeignerland or wherever she came from. Then we must stop all immigration and evict all foreigners! (The latter will assist greatly in closing down and privatising the NHS).

Toodle pip!
Outrageous! She should be strapped to the Cenotaph, then whipped within an inch of her life! Then send her back to Jonnyforeignerland or wherever she came from. Then we must stop all immigration and evict all foreigners! (The latter will assist greatly in closing down and privatising the NHS). Toodle pip! David_Cameron
  • Score: 7

9:44am Tue 26 Feb 13

stopmoaning1 says...

supermadmax wrote:
I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing.

I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ?

Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past.
Unlikely, they were presumably sealed tins, so who would know.
Not sure why it's so important.
It's just good that a custodial sentance was passed
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: I would like an approximation of how much money was stolen please, why cant you tell us this information? surely it was covered at the court hearing. I think the sentence is about right if it was a first offence, although I'm slightly confused as I thought Echo did not name & shame people sentenced to less than 3 years in prison ? Its good to see a custodial sentence, she would have been let off with this in the past.[/p][/quote]Unlikely, they were presumably sealed tins, so who would know. Not sure why it's so important. It's just good that a custodial sentance was passed stopmoaning1
  • Score: 2

10:35am Tue 26 Feb 13

leighman says...

Bring back the birch, it's the only kind of punishment scum like this understand.
Bring back the birch, it's the only kind of punishment scum like this understand. leighman
  • Score: 4

11:38am Tue 26 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

It's in despicable cases like this, that they need to bring back the Birch.
Then off to do 12 months hard labour, in northern England, then deported...
It's in despicable cases like this, that they need to bring back the Birch. Then off to do 12 months hard labour, in northern England, then deported... Carnabackable
  • Score: 3

11:40am Tue 26 Feb 13

Audioman says...

What 84 days,she should have got 10 years,then deported.But when she gets out she will get all her benifits back dated
What 84 days,she should have got 10 years,then deported.But when she gets out she will get all her benifits back dated Audioman
  • Score: 3

12:42pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DrSpiffSpaffington says...

@supermadmax, what? How on earth could anybody possibly know how much was inside? People put coins in it and its not until its opened & counted that anybody would know. Her mugshot was released within days of the box being stolen so i would guess she has been arrested before, she is a romanian criminal here in the UK to commit crime, if you think basically a month inside is a decent sentence you need your head looking at
@supermadmax, what? How on earth could anybody possibly know how much was inside? People put coins in it and its not until its opened & counted that anybody would know. Her mugshot was released within days of the box being stolen so i would guess she has been arrested before, she is a romanian criminal here in the UK to commit crime, if you think basically a month inside is a decent sentence you need your head looking at DrSpiffSpaffington
  • Score: 6

1:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

mr_happy says...

Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.
Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from. mr_happy
  • Score: 8

2:18pm Tue 26 Feb 13

David_Cameron says...

mr_happy wrote:
Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.
Would you like a free party membership? You're just the kind of upstanding, forthright and outspoken person we tories love to have in our ranks!
[quote][p][bold]mr_happy[/bold] wrote: Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.[/p][/quote]Would you like a free party membership? You're just the kind of upstanding, forthright and outspoken person we tories love to have in our ranks! David_Cameron
  • Score: 0

4:20pm Tue 26 Feb 13

papa lazarou says...

'Bring back the birch'??

hahaha since when did corporal punishment EVER deter crime? Nah its nothing but a revenge tool for nutters like you to get your 'perceived' satisfaction.

The scum who stole the money deserve prison,yes maybe even deportation (if they are here illegally) but do me a favour....enough with the 'lets give them a sound thrashing' nonsense. This is not Victorian London!
'Bring back the birch'?? hahaha since when did corporal punishment EVER deter crime? Nah its nothing but a revenge tool for nutters like you to get your 'perceived' satisfaction. The scum who stole the money deserve prison,yes maybe even deportation (if they are here illegally) but do me a favour....enough with the 'lets give them a sound thrashing' nonsense. This is not Victorian London! papa lazarou
  • Score: -5

4:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Rochford Rob says...

papa lazarou wrote:
'Bring back the birch'?? hahaha since when did corporal punishment EVER deter crime? Nah its nothing but a revenge tool for nutters like you to get your 'perceived' satisfaction. The scum who stole the money deserve prison,yes maybe even deportation (if they are here illegally) but do me a favour....enough with the 'lets give them a sound thrashing' nonsense. This is not Victorian London!
And sadly it's not Singapore either.

'Nutters like you'

Oh dear, you sounded quite normal up until that point.

As for the subject matter, 84 days, she'll be out in 40 (as a Pentitent no doubt)

Yeah, right.
[quote][p][bold]papa lazarou[/bold] wrote: 'Bring back the birch'?? hahaha since when did corporal punishment EVER deter crime? Nah its nothing but a revenge tool for nutters like you to get your 'perceived' satisfaction. The scum who stole the money deserve prison,yes maybe even deportation (if they are here illegally) but do me a favour....enough with the 'lets give them a sound thrashing' nonsense. This is not Victorian London![/p][/quote]And sadly it's not Singapore either. 'Nutters like you' Oh dear, you sounded quite normal up until that point. As for the subject matter, 84 days, she'll be out in 40 (as a Pentitent no doubt) Yeah, right. Rochford Rob
  • Score: 1

5:03pm Tue 26 Feb 13

firedog says...

The sentance should be,replace a front line soldier,and walk ahead of the patrol to detect any roadside bombs.But of course that would be justice and we dont do justice in this country,thats why they flock here.
The sentance should be,replace a front line soldier,and walk ahead of the patrol to detect any roadside bombs.But of course that would be justice and we dont do justice in this country,thats why they flock here. firedog
  • Score: 2

6:04pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

mr_happy wrote:
Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.
Barking?
[quote][p][bold]mr_happy[/bold] wrote: Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.[/p][/quote]Barking? Cosmo Spring
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Druggie Scumbag says...

Cosmo Spring wrote:
mr_happy wrote:
Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.
Barking?
He could be but he has a point.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmo Spring[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr_happy[/bold] wrote: Send the imigrant scumbag back where she came from.[/p][/quote]Barking?[/p][/quote]He could be but he has a point. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 2

8:39pm Tue 26 Feb 13

The truth always comes out says...

She should be strapped to a sybian.....!
She should be strapped to a sybian.....! The truth always comes out
  • Score: 0

8:54pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

needs a hair cut too.
needs a hair cut too. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

9:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

And has a head like a witch doctors rattle.
And has a head like a witch doctors rattle. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 1

9:59pm Tue 26 Feb 13

asbo in a coma says...

a taster of things to come. barking or bucharest...spot the difference.
a taster of things to come. barking or bucharest...spot the difference. asbo in a coma
  • Score: 1

10:30pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Seasider90 says...

And how many of you voted Labour/Tory/Liberal? Hypocrites the lot of you. You voted to be ruled by the EU via our left wing parties who are all the same - servants to the Euro master. I promise you this - you ain't seen nothing yet. Just you wait til next year and Romanians and Bulgarians flood here. UKIP is the only answer. I cannot print what I would do this worthless human being. She insults our war dead and the British people by her actions. If only the people here had more guts to do what they have done in the Arab countries and take our England back.
And how many of you voted Labour/Tory/Liberal? Hypocrites the lot of you. You voted to be ruled by the EU via our left wing parties who are all the same - servants to the Euro master. I promise you this - you ain't seen nothing yet. Just you wait til next year and Romanians and Bulgarians flood here. UKIP is the only answer. I cannot print what I would do this worthless human being. She insults our war dead and the British people by her actions. If only the people here had more guts to do what they have done in the Arab countries and take our England back. Seasider90
  • Score: 1

6:31am Wed 27 Feb 13

soul man says...

we are so lucky that we let all these eastern europeans in aren't we grrr!!!!
we are so lucky that we let all these eastern europeans in aren't we grrr!!!! soul man
  • Score: 0

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