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Three jailed for stealing from elderly people on buses

Duduianu and Baeram have each been sentenced to four years behind bars.

Three pickpockets, who targeted elderly people on buses in Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, and Newham, have been jailed.

Nuti Baeram, Antonivici Duduianu, and Liviu George Bocaca all lived abroad and would fly to the UK to carry out their crimes.

They stole cash, bank cards and mobile phones from their victims, including a 93-year-old.

The trio would in turn offer to help a victim on or off of a bus, while an accomplice either blocked the aisle or caused a backlog to prevent other people getting on.

While the victims were distracted, they were then pickpocketed.

The offences occurred between January and August of this year.

All three admitted their roles, with Baeram, 39, and Duduianu, 43, pleading guilty to 19 offences each. They were both jailed for four years.

Bocaca, 27, admitted being involved in four of the thefts and was sentenced to two years and four months behind bars.

Bocaca was jailed for 28 months.

Detective Sergeant Shaun Holyhead, from the Met Police, said: “It is thought that the three defendants flew to and from the UK in order to carry out their crimes in the hope that they would be untraceable.

“However, with the extensive CCTV coverage on London buses, we were able to identify them and, with the vast amount of evidence, they had no choice but to plead guilty.

“The callousness they showed in targeting the elderly is truly shocking. In some of their crimes they took, what might appear to some, to be a small amount of cash but, to their victims, it was significant and would have impacted on their lives.

“I hope their convictions will act as a deterrent to others who are intent on using the transport network to commit crime that they stand a very good chance of being caught and jailed.”

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