Property stolen by 'Bonnie and Clyde' couple returned

Ovidiu-Constantin Plamada and Mariana Sandra Image copyright PA
Image caption The couple pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary on an indictment which included 179 burglaries

A haul of property stolen by an east London "modern-day Bonnie and Clyde" has been returned to burglary victims.

Police said property worth more than £400,000 was stolen during their seven-month spree from homes in London, Essex and Kent.

Items recovered included jewellery as well as unusual items such as a dressing gown and a tin of mackerel.

Ovidiu-Constantin Plamada and Mariana Sandra, of Ilford, were each jailed for six years on Friday.

'Devastating effect'

The Romanian nationals, aged 31 and 43, were arrested as they drove across the Dartford bridge on 4 November last year and found in possession of stolen items from two recent burglaries.

Police searching their home found large quantities of stolen property and subsequent investigations linked the pair to more burglaries.

Jailing the pair at Basildon Crown Court, in Essex, Judge Samantha Leigh said: "You both committed highly organised offending that had a devastating effect on people and violated their homes.

"You are a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde."

The couple both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary between May and November 2014 on an indictment which included a total of 179 residential burglaries.

Det Sgt Brett Hagen, of the Met Police, said a large number of victims had been reunited with their property.

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