Romanian couple, 33, used boy, six, to help steal a £67,000 gold watch from ...

A Romanian couple used a six-year-old boy to help them steal a £67,000 watch from Harrods, a court heard.

Ilie Para and Marta Para-Bloj, both 33, scoped out the luxury retailer, in Knightsbridge, central London, days ahead of the theft and took pictures of the Royal Offshore Oak 18 carat rose gold watch.

The couple returned to the Brompton Road store with the six-year-old on 19 September this year.

When the sales assistant turned her back to them, Para swapped the £67,400 timepiece with a replica hidden in the boy's hood, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Romanian couple Ilie Para and Marta Para-Bloj, both 33, used a six-year-old boy to help them steal a £67,000 watch from Harrods, a court heard

Romanian couple Ilie Para and Marta Para-Bloj, both 33, used a six-year-old boy to help them steal a £67,000 watch from Harrods, a court heard

They scoped out the luxury retailer, in Knightsbridge, central London, days ahead of the theft and took pictures of the Royal Offshore Oak 18 carat rose gold watch

They scoped out the luxury retailer, in Knightsbridge, central London, days ahead of the theft and took pictures of the Royal Offshore Oak 18 carat rose gold watch 

The Romanians were stopped by police days later in their black Audi at the port of Dover attempting to go home.

When Judge Michael Grieve, QC, asked who the third person was, listed in the police report as being in the car, and was told it was the young boy.

'I did wonder why someone who was instrumental in the commission and present in the offence hadn't been arrested,' he said.

Prosecutor Dominic Hockley said the couple were at Harrods five days before the theft.

'They walked around the store going through numerous watch boutiques and they eventually settled on the AP concession stand.

'A member of staff brought them the display to try. 

The couple returned to the Brompton Road store (pictured) alongside a six-year-old boy on 19 September this year

The couple returned to the Brompton Road store (pictured) alongside a six-year-old boy on 19 September this year

'Ilie Para tried a few of those watches and then proceeded to take his photo and photograph one particular watch at all angles.

'They then departed Harrods in the same vehicle.

'The Crown say this was plainly a reconnaissance mission.

'When they found the watch they were interested in they took photographs, no doubt intending to obtain a realistic replica.

'We say this has shown

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