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A jewellery thief who posed as a customer before attempting to steal a gold bracelet from a shop in Rochester has been jailed

Samuel Neculai brazenly went into the business in the High Street at around 11am on Thursday 22 February 2024. He then asked to look at the item valued at £1,225, which was displayed behind a glass window.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

A woman working at the premises took it from the display and passed it to Neculai to inspect. 

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

Almost immediately, Neculai attempted to flee with the bracelet, however the shop worker was able to block his exit while another woman activated the door lock.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

The two employees were able to retrieve the bracelet from Neculai who pulled off the door handle as he sought to escape. Fearing for their safety, the women then allowed him to leave the shop.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

The police were alerted, an investigation was started and a forensic examination of the shop door recovered the offender’s fingerprints.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

Neculai, of Cobham Street, Gravesend, was arrested on Friday 15 March. He was later charged the same day with attempted robbery and criminal damage.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Monday 20 May 2024, the 21-year-old was sentenced to one year and nine months’imprisonment. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

A Jewellery Thief Who Posed As A Customer Before Attempting To Steal A Gold Bracelet From A Shop In Rochester Has Been Jailed

Investigating officer PC Elli Langford said: ‘Neculai targeted a high-value item of jewellery but was foiled by the quick-thinking actions of those working at the business.

‘Not only did he leave the shop empty-handed but he incriminated himself by leaving his fingerprints behind. This was a shocking incident for the employees who feared they would be harmed during the incident. I hope that today’s sentence offers them some reassurance and acts as a deterrent to other would-be criminals.’

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