BREAKING NEWS: Jail for man who used ‘sticky device’ to steal from cash machines

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A ROMANIAN man who stole £440 by placing a “sticky device” over a cash machine in Grantham High Street was today (Wednesday) jailed for four months.

Ionut Ciofu, 20, was caught by an undercover police operation after targeting the same Barclays bank machine on five occasions in January and February this year.

Lincoln Crown Court heard bank staff became suspicious after a number of customers reported not getting their cash when they tried to make withdrawals at the machine.

Andrew Scott,prosecuting, said Ciofu was put under observation and seen placing a sticky silver strip over the machine on February 10 this year.

Mr Scott told the court Ciofu retreated to a nearby pub to watch the ATM machine and then returned after two customers had unsuccesfully tried to make withdrawls of £40 and £60.

Ciofu was quickly arrested and found to be in possesion of the cash and a sticky silver strip with some of the notes still on it.

When questioned by police Ciofu admitted he had travelled up to Grantham by train from London after being taught how to use the sticky strip to collect cash.

Chris Geeson, mitigating, told the court Ciofu had been in the UK for just two years and was acting alone.

Ciofu, formerly of Geere Road, Stratford, East London, pleaded guilty to five charges of theft between January 20 and February 10 this year.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told him: “You came to this country to seek a better life, so why are you stealing?

“This sentence will be on your record now. If you abuse the hospitality of this country again by stealing the judge may make a recommendation about your presence here.”