Monday 18 November 2019

Man who stole guitars worth €6k is linked with international crime ring

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Sasha Brady

The 'distraction' thief who helped his wife steal high-performance electric guitars from music shops is an alleged member of an international crime gang.

Veniamin Raducanu (23) and his wife Madelina Iancu (19) stole two guitars, worth €6,000, in two visits to Dublin city centre shops on consecutive days in early July.

They were charged and given a six-month suspended sentence.

The couple, from Romania, had been in Ireland since February and neither had any previous convictions.

It is the first time that Raducanu had come to the attention of the Gardai but the Sunday World report that he is well known to police in Canada.

In 2012 Raducanu was named by police as an alleged member of an international Roma gypsy gang based in Canada.

The multi-million euro crime ring targeted shops and the elderly across Ontario and Quebec.

The newspaper reports that when Raducanu was 19 he was charged with participating in a criminal organisation, breaking and entering and theft.

The crime ring includes men, women and children.

According to the Sunday World, investigators "seized $85,00 in cash and stolen goods and identified more than $1m in suspicious wire transactions to foreign locations" during a major sting operation in 2011.

The investigation started in Durham, Ontario but later spread across Canada and the United States.

Rudacanu is now living in west Dublin with his wife.

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Last week, Dublin District Court heard they stole a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, worth €2,999, from X Music on Exchequer Street on July 2. The following day they stole a €3,000 Warner guitar at Some Neck Guitars on Aungier Street.

Both pleaded guilty to theft and garda obstruction.

The court heard the pair went to the first store and Raducanu passed a guitar to his wife, who placed it under the long skirt she was wearing. They were later identified on CCTV.

The next day, the pair did the same thing. Later the following day, gardai called at their home with a search warrant and both accused violently resisted.

The guitars were discovered undamaged in a back bedroom.

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