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Three men sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing money from ticket vending machines in the Home Counties and London



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Three men have been sentenced for a series of thefts and attempted thefts on ticket vending machines in the Home Counties and London.

Florin Loghin, 24, of no fixed abode, Alexandru Nistor, 22, of Moulton Rise, Luton, and Sebastian Lupu, 21, of Hibbert Street, Luton were sentenced to jail for the following time:

Lupu – 14 months

Nistor – two and a half years

Loghin – three years

Lupa pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal on 14 July and Nistor pleaded guilty to the charge on 25 September, both men were sentenced on the same day, respectively.

Loghin was found guilty by a jury for conspiring with others to steal between 30 March and May. He was found guilty and sentenced on 23 November at Blackfriars Crown Court.



The three men were involved and responsible for 42 separate offences over a seven week period at railway stations in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and numerous London Boroughs.

The total theft and damage value was in the region of £200k. 

The men would enter locked up railway stations via the tracks wearing balaclavas and Halloween face masks when it was dark and target the machines using crow bars.

As part of the investigation by British Transport Police the men were identified, arrested and charged for the crimes, which happened between 31 March and 7 June.

Loghin was arrested at Luton airport on 18 May as he was attempting to flee the county and the Nistor and Lupu were arrested on the M25 while they were on their way to their 43rd offence.

Det Con Dean Percival who led the investigation said: This was long investigation which required us to go through hours and hours of CCTV. Thankfully we caught them but not before they caused hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of damage.

“We are fortunate that the railway network is a CCTV rich environment and that should serve as a reminder to any other criminals who think it is ok to break into stations to steal and cause damage, that they will be caught."

Notes to editors

The following dates and stations were targeted by Loghin, Nistor and Lupu

31-03-2017 Wembley Stadium      

01-03-2017 Arlesey      

03-04-2017 Hendon     

03-04-2017 Huntingdon     

04-04-2017 Welham Green      

05-04-2017 Knebworth     

05-04-2017 Huntingdon     

06-04-2017 Albany Park     

06-04-2017 Crayford      

10-04-2017 Harpenden     

11-04-2017 Radlett     

14-04-2017 Baldock     

15-04-2017 Kentish Town West     

18-04-2017 Hampstead Heath     

20-04-2017 West Hampstead     

21-04-2017 Kensal Rise      

22-04-2017 Kilburn High Road     

24-04-2017 Stamford Hill      

28-04-2017 Imperial Wharf      

29-04-2017 Battersea Park     

29-04-2017 Wandsworth Road     

29-04-2017 Queenstown Road     

03-05-2017 Kew Bridge     

04-05-2017 Haringay      

04-05-2017 Clapton      

04-05-2017Leytonstone High Road     

04-05-2017 Crouch Hill     

05-05-2017 White Hart Lane      

10-05-2017 Bruce Grove     

10-05-2017 Rye House     

11-05-2017 Sydenham Hill     

12-05-2017 North Dulwich      

12-05-2017 Queens Road Peckham

12-05-2017 Crofton Park      

13-05-2017 Rectory Road     

13-05-2017 Hackney central     

13-05-2017 Hackney Downs     

16-05-2017 White Hart Lane     

18-05-2017 Stoke Newington     

06-06-2017 Bushey     

07-06-2017 Leytonstone High Road     

08-06-2017 Wood Street     





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