Bail refused for ATM raid accused with long record
An alleged member of an organised criminal gang believed to be responsible for an ATM heist has been refused bail.
During a hearing before Enniskillen Magistrates Court yesterday, it emerged Radu Iancu has a vast criminal record in multiple countries, involving the same or similar types of offences. Iancu (41), from Rannoche Close, Crossgar, Co Down, is accused of entering an Enniskillen filling station as a trespasser on August 2 and stealing £61,340 from the ATM there.
A police officer said a black Mercedes travelled from Crossgar to the Irvinestown Road premises, arriving at around 1.30am. Preparations were allegedly made to ensure alarms would not activate and, after the heist, the Mercedes returned to Crossgar at around 5am.
Referred to as a "team", the officer said at least four people, masked and gloved, carried out the various actions to cloak their criminal activity prior to forcing open the cash vault.
It is believed the team made its way to nearby fields to watch for any burglar alarms which may be triggered.
The team then returned, cut open the rear of the ATM and removed the cash cassettes which contained £61,340.
The officer said the team travelled some distance across fields to the scene on foot, and cashboxes and tools were located along the alleged route.
Police located the Mercedes at the defendant's Crossgar home, along with a total of £25,000 cash hidden in various parts of his house, including a pre-prepared hole in a plaster wall.
Another prepared hole was found beneath floorboards under a wardrobe.
Opposing bail, the policewoman explained Iancu has been responsible for 35 similar offences and has an extensive record in Spain, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and his native Romania.
His previous convictions include thefts, break-ins, weapons importation and exportation, forging identity documents and immigration violations.
The officer said: "The defendant has links in the countries in which he has convictions. He has experience in forging documents and has the means to abscond. As yet £35,000 cash remains unrecovered."
The defence told the court Iancu is trying to obtain an alternative address to that of his Crossgar home, and would willingly agree to any conditions imposed.
He said his client denies any involvement in the matter.
District Judge Michael Ranahan refused bail. Iancu is to appear again later this month.