This footage shows a member of an 'Asda nappy gang' shamelessly plundering supermarket shelves for high value items.
Six men were jailed for stealing high value items from supermarkets across the country in a crime spree that mainly targeted Asda stores.
The gang committed at least 81 separate offences at stores as far afield as Newcastle upon Tyne, Cardiff, Bridgend, Fleetwood and Alloa in Scotland.
On each occasion the gang worked together as a team to distract the store’s security staff by intentionally activating the security alarms.
This enabled other members of the gang to escape the store with the stolen items without being spotted.
The gang specifically targeted high value items such as printer cartridges, razor blades, nappies and cosmetics, which they would then sell on.
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This footage shows one gang member placing items into a B&M bag in his trolley while looking around to make sure other shoppers aren't looking.
He can also be seen covering up the contents of his trolley with other items, as he makes his way around the store.
Alin Mahai, 27, of Belvidere Road, Dingle, was a member of a six strong gang.
Today Mahai, Nicolea Ilea, 36, of Whitehall Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, Stefan Florin, 31, of HMP Risley, Florin Costea, 51, of Darwin Street, Oldham, Marius Meiosu, 25, of Darwin Street, Oldham and Gabriel Mocanu, 36, Darwin Street, Oldham were jailed for 42 months in prison each during a hearing at Chester Crown Court. They had all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.
Their crime spree began on April 29, 2020 when Mahai and Ilie targeted the Asda Great Bridge Supercentre in Tipton, West Mindlands.
Over the next four months Mocanu, Meiosu, Flori, and Costea joined the gang.
Their downfall began after they targeted the Asda Barons Quay store in Northwich in June 2019 and stole approximately £1,000 worth of items.
Following the theft, Asda’s asset protection team contacted Cheshire Constabulary to report the incident, which they believed was part of a nationwide series.
Over the next two months detectives from the Northwich Beat Initiative Team worked closely with Asda’s Asset Protection team and the National Business Crime Centre.
Using CCTV footage, ANPR camera's and credit card data they were able to identify the gang members and link them to at least 80 other incidents across the country.
When officers raided an address in Darwin Street, Oldham, they recovered a number of stolen items including perfume, alcohol, more than 50 razors and thousands of children’s nappies.
They also seized three cars which the gang had been using to commit their crimes
Following their sentencing, Detective Constable Paul Matchett from Cheshire Police said to the ECHO: “It is clear that this gang travelled to the UK with the sole intention of committing crime.
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“They set up their base in Oldham and from there they travelled to stores across the UK and stole hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of items.
“They believed that they could evade justice by spreading their crimes across the country in a bid to keep a low profile.
“While their plan worked initially, they underestimated the partnership work between the police and the business community and they are now behind bars facing the consequences of their actions.”