Gatwick Burglary Suspects Jailed

Two burglary suspects have been sentenced for their respective offences at London Gatwick.

Lloyd Edwards admitted stealing a wallet containing cash and cards worth £100 from a premises at the North Terminal.

Meanwhile in a separate incident Savin Costel-Alexandru broke into a premises in the South Terminal to steal cigarettes after failing to gain access to a cash register.

Both were jailed when they appeared in court in January.

Following the investigations, Detective Sergeant Ian Warncken from Gatwick CID said: “We worked in partnership with retailers and with London Gatwick Airport to ensure that the suspects were identified and arrested.

“We are determined to prevent thefts from businesses which cause concern to communities and can be very stressful for the public and staff working in them.

“These cases demonstrate that we will pursue prosecutions against offenders.”

Edwards, 37, unemployed and formerly of Haywood Street, Southwark, entered a premises at 8pm on February 10 last year.

He stole the wallet from a staff area and later made purchases at a convenience store.

At Lewes Crown Court on January 19 he admitted burglary of a commercial premises and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Costel-Alexandru, 29, of no fixed address, broke into a premises in the South Terminal at 11.15pm on December 17 last year.

He attempted to prise open a cash register, before taking cigarettes and leaving the airport.

At Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 30 he admitted burglary from a commercial premises and was sentenced to six months in prison.