Romanian gang raided luxury goods worth millions of pounds from 76 homes

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A gang of Romanian burglars which stole at least £800,000 worth of goods in a string of raids at luxury homes have been jailed for a total of 27 years.

Catalin Zaharia, 29, Constantin Stoian, 29, Marian Molocia, 27, and Daniel Stoean, 35, targeted affluent areas before sending their plundered goods back to Romania.

A court heard they took advantage of the dark British winter nights to raid homes for jewellery and other valuables such as designer watches over a three-year period. 

In total, they targeted at least 76 posh residential homes across the West Midlands, West Mercia, Staffordshire and Gloucestershire from 2015 to December 10. 

Shocking CCTV footage shows the gang creeping through the homes and even using bed sheets to escape through a top-floor window. 

Zaharia, Stoian, Molocia and Stoean all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle while Zaharia's wife Florina Spiru, 27, was convicted of money laundering. 

Shocking CCTV footage shows the gang creeping through the homes and even using bed sheets to escape through a top-floor window

A grainy mobile phone photograph shows Spiru (pictured) on a bed flaunting several wads of cash

A grainy mobile phone photograph shows Spiru (pictured) on a bed flaunting several wads of cash

Catalin Zaharia

Zaharia's wife Florina Spiru, 27, was cleared of the burglary charge but convicted of money laundering following a trial and is also being sentenced today.

Zaharia's wife Florina Spiru (right) was cleared of the burglary charge but convicted of money laundering following a trial

Ringleader Zaharia was caged for eight years and partner Spiru for four-and-a-half years.

Molocia was handed a six-year four and month sentence, while Stoian and Stoen were both given four-year terms behind bars.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the gang would plunder homes before sending their loot back to their native Romania. 

The overall estimated value of goods taken from the 'sophisticated international conspiracy' stands at £800,000 with an additional £63,840 in cash.

However the court that detectives believed the gang likely stole property worth several million pounds across more than 400 different burglaries.

Sgt Sandy Thompson added: "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.

'This was a challenging investigation as none of the five were on the radar of law enforcement in the UK until Zaharia was arrested in autumn 2017.

The overall estimated value of goods taken from the 'sophisticated international conspiracy' stands at £781,954 with an additional £63,840 in cash (some of which is shown)

The overall estimated value of goods taken from the 'sophisticated international conspiracy' stands at £781,954 with an additional £63,840 in cash (some of which is shown)

'That helped us link him to several burglaries and begin to understand the extent of the burglary conspiracy and the others involved.

'We suspect other people from Romania were also involved in the plot and we are working with the Romania authorities in a

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