The question has always been asked: do the police take gaming machine crime seriously? The answer will always be nowhere near enough; but this latest incident in a Slough casino points to a determination on behalf of the police to ensure justice was served.
A thief who stole £25,500 last January from an Admiral Casino in Slough before fleeing to France has been jailed. Remus Pirlea, who was the casino’s night manager at the time, was returned to the UK thanks to Slough Police attaining a European arrest warrant, with Reading Magistrates’ Court sentencing the 22-year-old to 14 months in prison on 8 April.
“This was a high-value theft by an employee of the affected business,” said Detective Constable Tom Harman of Slough CID. “I am grateful for the support of the casino, the Crown Prosecution Service and our partners in Europe.”
“We used a European Arrest Warrant to bring Pirlea back to the UK to face justice. I hope that this sentence demonstrates the importance Thames Valley Police places on business crime and the efforts we go to in ensuring we bring offenders to justice.”