Pregnant pickpocket stole purse in JD Sports moments after leaving court

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A "professional" pregnant pickpocket took advantage of her baby bump by stealing from mums in kids sections of shops.

Serial purse pincher, Pansella Radu, 20, was caught delving into criminal activity eleven times in the space of a year.

Her most common conviction, which led to one caution, was pickpocketing and associated frauds where she has used stolen bank cards.

She was caught red-handed by police officers on September 5 last year after she sneakily grabbed a purse from a woman's handbag in the children’s department of Marks & Spencer in Birmingham city centre.

Radu was bailed but wasted no time in striking again on December 4 before appearing in court, Express & Star reports.

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This time she was busted in Primark stealing a purse from the back of a pushchair, by her victim who wrestled it back and security staff swooped in to detain Radu.

Following the offence, police charged her with theft and she was bailed by Birmingham Magistrates the following day.

Remarkably Radu brazenly walked directly from the courtroom to launch her next purse theft in JD Sports, using the same tactics.

City centre officers spotted her on December 14 and arrested her again.

Re-offending was not an option this time as she was remanded into prison over Christmas.

The pickpocket was last week handed a 12-month community order and a 20-day rehabilitation activity by a judge at the city’s crown court.

PC Mat Evans from the city centre team, said: "Radu was heavily pregnant during the offences and used this to help her blend in while looking for victims in the children’s section of shops.

"She callously targeted mums who were distracted with babies – and struck during the few months visitors were able to come into Birmingham last year between the Covid-19 lockdowns.

"Radu is a professional pickpocket who despite only having been in the UK for 12 months has racked up a large number of convictions. She has shown no remorse for her victims and not paid any compensation.

"I will be pursuing her deportation through Immigration following these latest convictions."

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