Two people have been jailed for a series of incidents across the country where they stole bank cards and cash in supermarket car parks, including one in Chesterfield.
Irina Anghel, 37, and Marin-Danut Raducan, 42, both of Preston Road, Winston Green, Birmingham, were found guilty of theft and making false representation at Cardiff Crown Court.
The incident in Chesterfield happened on Thursday, June 13. They followed a 78 year-old woman to the till at Morrisons in Staveley and watched her enter her pin number. She was then followed to the Sainsbury’s store on Rother Way, Chesterfield, when they approached her in the car park with a map to ask for directions.
While the victim was distracted, her bank cards were stolen from her handbag and later used to withdraw cash.
Det Insp Mark Huckerby said: “This was a complicated investigation and involved a series of offences.”
Anghel pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and five counts of dishonestly making a false representation.
Raducan pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and four counts of dishonestly making a false representation. They were both jailed for two years and eight months at the hearing on Wednesday, October 30.