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Trio who ‘targeted the most vulnerable in society’ jailed for thefts
Two men and a woman have been jailed for a total of ten years for a series of handbag and purse thefts that took place across the UK, including Beverley. It follows a lengthy nationwide investigation involving ten police forces, led by officers from Humberside Police, and included offences committed at Marks and Spencer in Beverley in September last year and Morrison’s in Beverley in January of this year.
Piotr Molda, 45, from Westbourne Avenue in Hull was given five years for conspiracy to steal. Anna Majewska, 42, of no fixed abode received 3 years for 19 separate theft offences. While Patryk Molda, 23, of no fixed abode got 2 years for six separate theft offences. The trio targeted a number of elderly shoppers in supermarkets and shops across the country between September 2017 and April 2018.
Detective Sergeant Tom Kelly told us: “These people have been targeting their victims relentlessly and deliberately up and down the country. They were organised and ruthless in their pursuit to steal from unsuspecting and innocent victims. We must remember that many of these victims were elderly. They were put through a very distressing experience which was not only inconvenient but upsetting for them.
In jailing the three, Judge Simon Jack described the offences as ‘appalling’ and said the three had carried out a ‘carefully calculated plan to target the most vulnerable in society’. He added that the average age of the victims was 76 or 77-years-old.