Three women in court after using pushchair to steal from Dewsbury store

Romanians Amgelina Bilea, Georgeta Ciurar and Aurelia Lapusan admitted stealing from Quality Save

Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.
Kirklees Magistrates Court, Huddersfield.

Three young women joined forces to steal from a Dewsbury store, a court heard.

The women even used a pushchair to conceal some of the goods during a £100 shoplifting spree at budget chain Quality Save.

They claimed that they committed the theft through desperation due to a lack of funds.

But District Judge Michael Fanning told the group who had moved to the UK from Romania: “You were thieving to line your pockets at the expense of the law-abiding people who pay their own way.

“It’s reasonable to assume you can pay your own way and this is just greed.”

Amgelina Bilea, 22, of East Brook Crescent in Dewsbury; Georgeta Ciurar, 19, of Huddersfield Road in Dewsbury, and Aurelia Lapusan, 20, of William Street in Ravensthorpe, all admitted theft.

They targeted Quality Save in Dewsbury on August 9.

The women were monitored by staff suspicious about the quantity of air fresheners and deodorants they were selecting from the shelves.

They split up, placing some of the goods into their handbags and other items in a pushchair Bilea had her 16-month-old child in.

Zahid Majeed said that all of the women arrived in the UK around two years ago.

He said that Bilea and Lapusan stole because they were struggling as their husbands were on zero hours contracts cleaning cars.

Mr Majeed added that they didn’t target items of high value.

Judge Fanning gave Bilea a conditional discharge and told her to pay £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

Ciurar must pay £295 fine due to an existing conditional discharge for theft as well as £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Judge Fanning ordered a report on Lapusan before sentencing her.

 
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