A RUTHLESS burglary gang member poses on a bed of £50 notes – after her crew targeted 400 plush homes across the UK.
Brazen Florina Spiru – who laundered money for the multi-million pound mob – is pictured flaunting cash as she sprawls across a bed completely covered in nicked bank notes.
The snap was released by cops today after Spiru, 28, and her Romanian gang were caged for more than 27 years for raids on hundreds of homes.
Her husband and ringleader Catalin Zaharia and Constantin Stoian, both 30, Marian Molocia, 27, Daniel Stoean, 35, targeted properties in affluent areas on the hunt for cash and jewellery.
Photographs uncovered by detectives on the thieves’ phones also showed them with a flash BMW MS Sport and and piles of plundered jewellery.
The “ruthlessly organised” outfit scoped out homes in well-off areas before waiting until after dark to pounce, often going to extraordinary measures including using bedsheets to scale one property.
CCTV from West Midlands Police shows head of the gang Zaharia clambering up a sheet thrown by Molocia from a first floor window of a home in Castle Bromwich.
It’s believed they struck at hundreds of homes between 2014 and December 10, 2018, when West Midlands Police swooped in to arrest the gang at a pad in Oldbury.
Today, at Birmingham Crown Court, the gang were jailed for a total of 27 years and four months.
Judge Laurence Creed QC sentenced Zaharia to eight years in jail, Mulochia to six years and four months, Stoean to four years, Stoian to four-and-a-half years and Spiru to four-and-a-half-years.
Spiru was not actively involved in the break-ins but instead acted as group “admin” and helped launder their ill-gotten gains. The rest admitted conspiracy to burgle.
She was found guilty of money laundering after a trial but cleared of the burglary charge.
Asian gold jewellery, designer clothes and watches were all swiped in the raids then taken back to Romania, where the crooks enjoyed the trappings of their criminal enterprise.
Other property was stored at an address in Oldbury – described as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of stolen goods.
One victim whose home was attacked and Christmas presents stolen told the court: “Since the break-in of our property our children have been devastated.
“Their home should have been their safe haven. I had jewellery given to me from grandparents which can never be replaced. They ransacked my bedroom and my children’s bedroom.
“I go round checking doors 20 times over. My husband had his wedding ring stolen. It is going to take a very long time to feel safe again.”
Another said: “My bedroom and personal space was invaded. Even today I have flashbacks.
I go round checking doors 20 times over. My husband had his wedding ring stolen. It is going to take a very long time to feel safe again.
One of the victims
“I am still left out of pocket. The biggest impact has been emotional.”
Officers made a breakthrough on September 24, 2018, when traffic cops monitoring an uninsured car on the M6 watched as a bag containing jewellery, stolen from a home in Solihull, was thrown from a window.
Zaharia was arrested and his DNA taken which later matched to a blood stain found at a burglary.
Police intelligence linked Zaharia to an address in Oldbury and on December 10 cops executed a warrant at the house where all five were detained.
Bundles of cash and stolen jewellery was also recovered – as well as £20,000 in Spiru’s handbag – alongside burglary “paraphernalia” including several pairs of rubber grip gloves and tools.
This group has been responsible for untold heartache, worry and inconvenience among hundreds of residents across the region. It’s one of the biggest burglary conspiracies we’ve ever seen in the West Midlands. We’ve linked them directly to 100 burglaries where £65,000 and property valued at £800,000.
Sergeant Sandy Thompson
Sgt Sandy Thompson said: “This group has been responsible for untold heartache, worry and inconvenience among hundreds of residents across the region. It’s one of the biggest burglary conspiracies we’ve ever seen in the West Midlands.
“We’ve linked them directly to 100 burglaries where £65,000 and property valued at £800,000 was taken – but we suspect they’ve committed far more offences and taken cash and valuables worth millions of pounds. Four or five hundred is a conservative estimate.
“They were ruthlessly organised: they would scope out homes in affluent areas, wait till nightfall and strike at addresses with the lights off that appeared unoccupied.
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“They always broke in via first floor windows to avoid alarm sensors on the ground floor, to get straight into bedrooms where valuables were likely to be kept and even took jewellery testing kits with them to test the purity of gold items at the scene.
“The group made regular money transfers to family members back home via Oldbury post office and other outlets.
“We also found lots of photos showing friends and family in Romania posing in expensive jewellery taken from homes in our communities.”
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