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Barrow man stole £4,000 to send to family in Romania

A BARROW man stole £4,000 in cash from a “vulnerable” woman to give to his family in Romania, a court was told.

Razvan Voda, 21, of Buccleuch Street, stole the money from a shoe box belonging to Sarah Heseltine on October 19.

The pair had met while Ms Heseltine was out with friends in the evening, and she had invited Voda to her house for drinks.

While there, he stole £4,000 from a box in the living room when she was upstairs. He took the money and left by catching a taxi. Some of the money was discovered on October 27 in the lining of a suitcase in Voda’s home.

Voda pleaded guilty to the theft at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “Voda befriended Ms Heseltine. He took the cash after she left the room.

“Ms Heseltine noticed £4,000 was missing from the shoe box. “When Voda was identified, a search was undertaken. £590 in cash was found on him.

“When his room was searched, a further £3,780 was recovered from the lining of his suitcase. It was the money that had been stolen.

“The reason why that amount of money was in her house at that time was because she was moving house and had withdrawn it to make some purchases.

“When Mr Voda was interviewed, he confirmed that he had gone home with Ms Heseltine. He said he had seen the money in the shoe box and took the opportunity to steal that money.”

The court was told that Voda had been living in Britain for five months and was planning to give the money to his family in Romania.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, said Voda had been working as a car cleaner and had “fallen upon hard times”.

District judge Gerald Chalk said: “This was a breach of trust and an abuse of the situation that you had got into.

“I think the lady could easily be described as vulnerable.”

The case was adjourned until January 23 for a pre-sentence report.


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