Wembley thief jailed for stealing £16,000 from Meopham ATM

PUBLISHED: 15:07 09 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 09 October 2017

Madalin-Petru Costea

Madalin-Petru Costea


He was jailed last week

A thief who spray painted a CCTV camera black as he stole more than £16,000 has been jailed.

Madalin-Petru Costea, 23, travelled from his Wembley home to Meopham in June this year to carry out the raid.

He arrived at an ATM in The Parade dressed in black one night in June.

It was then he sprayed the CCTV camera with paint, rendering it useless.

The following night, Costea returned to the scene and broke into the cash machine, taking £16,010.

Forensic officers attended the next day and discovered blood behind the ATM’s broken screen, linking Costea to the crime.

He was arrested on September 5 and charged with theft.

Costea admitted the offence and was jailed for two years at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, October 5.

Detective constable Lucy Macland said: “This was clearly a pre-planned offence with a high value target.

“Thanks to the work of our forensics officers Costea will face the consequences of his actions, and steps will be taken to recover the money stolen.”

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