Four charged with theft of mobile phones at Tesco in Church Langley

Crime / Sun 15th Oct 2023 at 02:31pm

FOUR people have been charged with several offences after our officers arrived at an incident at a Harlow supermarket within minutes being called.

Police were called to reports of a theft by four suspects at the Tesco supermarket in Church Langley Way, Harlow, at about 2.40pm on Wednesday 11 October.

Local officers arrived at the scene within 15 minutes to speak to staff at the store while officers in our Roads Policing Unit followed a car whose occupants were believed to be suspects.

The car was involved in a collision and four people were arrested less than 45 minutes after officers were called.

Four people have now been charged:

Gabriel Catalan, 19, of Greenview Court, Greenford, Greater London, was charged with theft and criminal damage;

Gruisor Zanfir, 27, of Greenview Court, Greenford, Greater London, was charged with theft and criminal damage;

Florin Raducan, 18, of Alfred Gardens, Barking, was charged with theft and criminal damage, assault, dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without a licence; and

A 16-year-old was charged with theft and criminal damage.

The four were also charged with offences relating to an incident of theft and criminal damage earlier that day in Southend.

The three men appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 13 October and have been remanded in custody. They will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court at a later date.

The 16-year-old has been released on bail.

Harlow district Commander Paul Austin said: “Our officers’ quick work at the scene and the support of the Roads Policing Unit means we were able to arrest these suspects quickly.

“This means we can investigate faster, gather evidence quicker, and make the case for charges to the Crown Prosecution Service more effectively.”

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4 Comments for Four charged with theft of mobile phones at Tesco in Church Langley:

2023-10-15 20:23:18

Before the"lock 'em up and throw away the key" brigade start up. We learnt last week that, thanks to the Conservatives, there isn't room in prisons to lock up rapists and murderers, let alone thieves.

Bruce Downey
2023-10-16 05:02:31

London calling.. it’s for you.

2023-10-16 12:22:13

@Mark. Yet another 'It's the Conservatives fault' comment. Our prisons have been overcrowded for decades. We had a family member as far back as the late 60s that was in a cell with 2 others and it was supposed to be a single cell. Was that the Conservatives fault then. I don't care what party is in, at the end of the day we have generations of people that don't abide by the law and have to be dealt with. What we need is more prisons being built and that doesn't happen overnight regardless of what party is in No10!

Trevor PYLE
2023-10-16 16:07:04

I have left comments this week on the lack of space in our prisons. The Prison Service have been ringing alarm bells about the shortage of space for several years. You can't increase the length of sentences with one hand and not increase capacity with the other. As for your family member doing time in an overcrowded cell in the Tories ahd been in government for 13 years and obviously hadn't spent a penny on increasing prison capacity. The incoming Labour government in 1964 was left with this mess (amongst many other disasters) and you can't design and build new prisons overnight. A lesson this Tory government hasn't learned in the 14 years of their rule over our lives.

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