Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Shoplifter who stole alcohol from Sainsbury’s is jailed after third offence in less than two months

15:28 04 February 2014

Jailed shoplifter Ionut Dragnea

Jailed shoplifter Ionut Dragnea

A shoplifter has been jailed by Ipswich magistrates after his third conviction in just over a month.

shares

Romanian Ionut Dragnea was only believed to have been in the country for three months when he targeted Sainsbury’s in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, on Saturday, January 27.

The 21-year-old is understood to have entered the store with another man.

Dragnea was seen to get a hessian Bag For Life before looking around the shelves where the alcohol is kept.

His behaviour raised the suspicions of security staff, as did that of the other man who they thought might have been acting as a lookout.

Dragnea was then seen to put six bottles of alcohol in his bag.

The total value came to £175.80.

He was then seen walking out of the store without attempting to pay for the items.

Dragnea was stopped by security staff when he got outside the store.

Police arrested Dragnea at the scene after being alerted to him acting suspiciously in the shop.

The incident occurred just before 3.20pm.

The man who was thought to be with him was not detained as he had not committed any offence.

After being arrested Dragnea, of Ravensdale Road, Hounslow, was taken to the police investigation centre at Suffolk Constabulary’s Martlesham headquarters.

He was charged and appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates court where he pleaded guilty to theft of spirits from a shop.

Dragnea was given a total of 14 weeks’ imprisonment.

He received eight weeks for the shoplifting matter and a further six weeks to run concurrently for breaching a suspended sentence.

Dragnea was previously convicted of offences earlier in January and in December.

It is believed these occurred in at least one other county.

shares

7 comments

  • Willy Warner

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • So deport him after he gets out! On another point, he gets jailed for £175.80 (albeit his third offence) yet the woman who swindled £48k in Benefits doesn't get jailed. Sentencing seems a little hit and miss don't you think?

    Report this comment

    england1770

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • They would not print my comment that I agreed with england1770

    Report this comment

    pandy

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Chop his hands off and then deport him, to many foreigners in ipswich

    Report this comment

    clowe

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Chop his hands off and then deport him, to many foreigners in ipswich

    Report this comment

    clowe

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Willy Warner

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I like clowes ideas, run for prime minister.

    Report this comment

    Lee Davies

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Ed Hawkins has been training celebrities for the new TV show 'Flock Stars'. Ed is pictured in Chelsworth.

He’s used to the challenges of a life outdoors – braving rain, wind and even snow to look after his sheep in bucolic rural Suffolk.

Figures presented in an operational performance report for the county show that the equivalent of 31 12-hour shifts were spent by ambulance staff treating patients who could not be admitted to A&E within 15-minutes of arrival.

Mildenhall Lodge Care Home.

Providing care for those in extreme old age, and with serious long-term health problems, is one of the major challenges facing society – especially for an area like East Anglia which has a disproportionately high number of older people.

Willow the Wolf.

A new art trail in Bury St Edmunds has already been followed by thousands of people, surpassing the expectations of its organisers.

People living near the Bulmer Fox pub (in Bulmer Tye near Sudbury) are at the end of their tether with the number of cars crashing throug their fence.

Another car has left the road at an accident blackspot on the Suffolk/Essex border – just days after an urgent plea was issued for measures to reduce the number of crashes.

Tents uprooted from their pegs at Jimmy's Farm.

More than 18,500 people attended the festival at the 100-acre farm in Wherstead at the weekend, which was hit by heavy rainfall.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

An Ipswich man is awaiting his fate after admitting assaulting two security officers called to a court because he said he had filmed proceedings.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy in deep discussion with assistant Terry Connor following Saturday's limp 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City.

Ticket prices for the Ipswich Town home game against Sheffield Wednesday on August 15 have attracted a raft of criticism on social media.

The nature of care homes has changed. Picture posed by models.

The ageing of the population – with more people living into extreme old age and suffering from illnesses and conditions associated with that – has led to a major change in the profile of care home residents.

Grand opening of Care UK’s new Mildenhall Lodge care home.

Bosses at Care UK are confident that there will be no repetition of the problems that beset Mildenhall Lodge when its remaining new care homes open over the next few months.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages