Thieves who stole £1,000 worth of booze rumbled after buying £1 hot cross buns

A gang of thieves who stole £1,000 worth of booze were rumbled by police after stopping to buy £1 hot cross buns.

The hungry gang, made up of Ion Grigore, Stefania Negrvsara, Leonard-Viorel Gurau and Ionut Bajenaru, stole whiskey, champagne, cognac and other items from two Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Cambridge.

Grigore and Negrvsara filled trollies with alcohol and clothes while Gurau and Bajenaru acted as lookouts.

They targeted the first store and ran off with the goods, but were stopped at the second by a security guard.

Police then caught the Northampton gang in an uninsured Nissan X-Trail with a defective tyre 30 minutes later.

They found 10 bottles of Jack Daniels, five bottles of cognac, four bottles of Moet champagne, 12 cans of various cider and ales, a prosecco gift box, three bath towels and clothing in the car.

A receipt for the £1 hot cross buns placed the gang at the scene of the crime.

Detectives then looked at CCTV footage from the Sainsbury’s store which showed the gang stealing booze.

They were arrested and pleaded guilty to theft at Peterborough Magistrates Court last week.

Grigore was handed 12 weeks in prison for two counts of theft. Gurau was jailed for 10 weeks, Negrvsara was jailed for 16 weeks and Bajenaru was sentenced to 10 weeks.

PC Atkinson said: ‘Shoplifting can have a huge impact on both businesses and those who work for them.

‘It often comes hand-in-hand with other crimes including criminal damage and violence.

‘I hope that the sentences handed to this group will provide reassurance to businesses and members of the public, as well as a warning for other offenders who think stores are easy targets.’

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