The duo who stole luxury perfume bottles in the John Lewis heist have been hit with hefty fines
A man and woman have been fined £927 each for their role in the theft of several bottles of Tom Ford perfume from a John Lewis department store.
Georgiana Dina, 37, of Chartley Avenue, Neasden, and Ionut Banu, 29, of Gratton Terrace, Cricklewood, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
They had been arrested on two counts of theft, after stealing four bottles of the luxury item.
On September 23, the pair had visited John Lewis in Westfield Shopping Center in White City and stole two bottles of the perfume, worth £494.
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They returned four days later and managed to steal two more bottles, worth £484.
However, when they returned with a third accomplice in October, they were spotted on CCTV and apprehended by security personnel.
They were later arrested and charged.
When they appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday December 30), the court heard that Dina offered to return the bottles once she was arrested and kept them at her home.
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Prosecutor David Burns argued that a “degree of planning had been involved and it was a group activity” as he sought a tougher sentence.
Judge Jenkins told the couple, assisted by a Romanian interpreter: “As this was a joint venture, we will treat you the same.
“Now for our guidelines, we’ve put that in a low level community order range, but because you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, we’ve reduced the sentence to that of a fine.”
They will now repay the court £927 each for their crimes.