Paris security guards turned ‘blind eye’ as ‘Queen of Thieves’ gang robbed tourists, court hears

September 4, 2015

Source: The Telegraph by Henry Samuel

Gang of 16 pickpockets including “Queen of Thieves” and Versailles Palace guard on trial for “selfie robberies” at top tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.


A Romanian known as the “queen of thieves” and 15 others conducted a spate of robberies at top Parisian landmarks while at least one security guard “turned a blind eye”, a Paris court heard on Thursday.

Masquerading as smart young tourists taking selfies, the gang netted hundreds of thousands of euros by fleecing unsuspecting foreigners, including Britons, at sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Orsay and Louvre museums, and the Palace of Versailles.

Detectives suspected the gang had accomplices inside the different landmarks, but only one is standing trial – a security guard at Versailles. The guard admitted accepting a €10,000 (£7,300) bribe to look the other way – even warning the gang of the whereabouts of his most “efficient” colleagues – but said he only agreed to help after receiving death threats.

Thibaut Cotta, lawyer for one of the accused, said other alleged accomplices believed their employers would not take action in order to protect the sites’ tourist-friendly “image”.

Thefts were so prevalent that in April 2013 staff at the Louvre went on strike, saying they would return to work when police sent reinforcements.

queen of thieves Paris

Wearing Bermuda shorts and cameras, the gang worked in groups of three, with one stealing, another causing distractions and a third keeping a look out.

If they were caught, the thieves screamed, started fighting or even took their clothes off in the galleries to put off tourists while they made their escape.

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At the height of their operation, the Louvre registered some 138 thefts for the month of August 2012, with €138,000 (£100,000) reported stolen.

The charges largely relate to thefts in 2013, but police said the gang wired around €700,000 (£510,000) to Romania between 2005 and 2013.

Investigators said they believed the gang was well-organised.

Two women were among the alleged masterminds: Mariana Gandac, 25, alias Cinca, and Sandra Baciu, 35, dubbed “the Queen of Thieves”.

Eiffel Tower shut in protest at pickpocket explosion

The pair are accused of coordinating around a dozen accomplices, mainly at the Louvre and at Versailles. During one secretly recorded conversation, Ms Baciu confessed to “hating public holidays” as it brought more Parisians to the museums – who were of little interest to the gang.

Among the accused are a couple who say they met while stealing from the same handbag in 1994 in Rome. Police said the couple’s standard of living was well above their official means, with several properties registered under their names in Romania.

The Facebook page of another defendant shows films in which her baby plays with allegedly stolen €500 notes.

This is the second trial in four months after eight Romanian pickpockets using the same techniques were sentenced in May.

The trial is expected to finish on September 11.

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January 22 , 2015

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State Park Ranger Rescues Child in Parental Abduction

February 7 , 2014


“Sovereign Citizen” Father Found With Drugs & Bogus $100 Bills

When California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) Member and California State Parks Ranger Dan Perata checked on a broken down vehicle January 10, 2014, it was standard operating procedure.  What happened next, makes him a hero in the eyes of many parents.



“There’s no question in my mind, Ranger Perata’s attentiveness and actions saved this child from harm,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona.  “After inspecting one vehicle parked under the interstate, he moved on to a second one and discovered a man and a child sleeping inside.  He didn’t know it immediately, but the child was a victim in a parental abduction.”

Ranger Perata discovered the vehicle and its occupants on Quail Canyon Road under Interstate 5 south of the Gorman area.  Instead of disturbing the sleeping man and child, Ranger Perata ran the vehicle’s license plate.  Information attached to the license plate revealed the vehicle was involved in the  parental abduction of a child.  Ranger Perata called for back-up and subsequently arrested the man.  He then discovered the suspect in possession of 10 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and counterfeit $50 and $100 bills.  In addition to kidnapping charges, the suspect was arrested on drug and counterfeit money charges and resisting a peace officer.   The child appeared to be in good health.

The suspect was identified  as a “sovereign citizen,” someone who believes that federal, state and local governments operate illegally.   The FBI identifies sovereign citizens as a growing domestic threat to law enforcement.   Some of the actions of sovereign citizens include making false license plates, driver’s licenses and counterfeit currency.  The more extreme “sovereign citizens” become involved in more severe crimes and violent behavior, impersonating and or threatening law enforcement officers.   It is a movement fueled by the internet and seminars that spread this ideology.

“This arrest demonstrates how quickly an ordinary call or investigation can turn into something more dangerous,” said Barcelona.  “I’m am relieved that it ended as peacefully as it did, none of the rangers was hurt and the child is safe from harm.  Ranger Dan Perata did an exceptional job.”

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Abe tells Obama Japan will join child abduction treaty

February 23, 2013

Source: Japan Today


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday that Tokyo would join a treaty on child abductions, addressing a major concern for lawmakers in Washington.


Japan is the only member of the Group of Eight major industrialized nations that has not signed the 1980 Hague Convention, which requires nations to return snatched children to the countries where they usually reside.

“From the perspective of children, there is an increasing number of international marriages, meaning that there will be some cases where marriages will break down. Therefore we believe it is important to have international rules,” Abe told reporters after talks with Obama.

“We will make efforts in the Diet so that the Convention can be approved. I delivered this message to the president,” Abe told reporters after his meeting with Obama.

However, Abe did not set a timeframe. The previous DPJ government also said it wanted to enter the treaty but did not move ratification through the Diet.

Unlike Western nations, Japan does not recognize joint custody and courts almost always order that children of divorcees live with their mothers.

Hundreds of parents, mostly men, from the United States and elsewhere have been left without any recourse after their estranged partners take their half-Japanese children back to the country.

U.S. lawmakers have repeatedly demanded action from Japan on child abductions, one of the few open disputes between the close allies.

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Familier truet på livet i Follo

To menn i Follo og deres familier har blitt truet på livet om de ikke punger ut med 1,5 millioner kroner.

– De har fått brev om å betale et visst beløp en spesiell tid. Hvis ikke, blir de drept, sier politioverbetjent Frank Opdahl i Seksjon for etterforskning ved Follo politistasjon tilØstlandets Blad.

I slutten av mai ble utpressingsbrevene uten konvolutt puttet i postkassen der de to mennene bor med sine familier i Ski og i Ås. Der fikk de beskjed om å punge ut 1,5 millioner innen 25.mai.

– Dersom du ikke gir oss dette, vil du og din familie være døde før seks dager er gått. Dersom du prøver å ta kontakt med politiet eller andre, vil de være døde innen tre dager, står det på dårlig engelsk i brevet, ifølge avisen.

Begge mennene er velformuende personer i Ski og Ås. Politiet i Follo, som til nå har fått inn to meldinger om slike utpressingsbrev i distriktet, ser alvorlig på saken.
Politiet mener det er snakk om organisert kriminalitet.

Nå ber politiet i Follo ber andre som kan ha fått lignende brev, eller som har betalt, om å ta kontakt.

– Håndter brevet minst mulig, slik at vi får sjansen til å innhente eventuell DNA eller fingeravtrykk. Vi venter på resultatene av de to brevene som er sendt inn til undersøkelse. Vi ser alvorlig på utpressingene, selv om vi ikke har så mye å gå på ennå, sier Opdahl.

Opdahl forteller til Østlandets Blad at de ikke har hørt om konsekvenser av ikke å betale.

Politiet mener det er grunn til å tro at utpresserne har gått etter skattelisten. I fjor var det et par lignende forsøk i Oslo, bortsett fra det kjenner ikke politiet til lignende saker.

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Bermuda on Congressman’s hit list over child abduction treaty

July 9, 2011 – Source: The Royal Gazette

Bermuda is among the countries that need to be punished for harbouring children kidnapped from the US, according to Congressman Chris Smith.

The Republican has named and shamed the Island as one of about 20 countries failing to abide by an international child abduction treaty.

Mr Smith, who represents New Jersey, said more than 2,400 American children were wrongly being held overseas, calling it a “deeply troubling and growing problem.”

He told the US Congress that Bermuda had carried out a “serious human rights violation” by failing to quickly return abducted children who had been unlawfully removed by one parent. The international treaty states that abducted children should be returned within six weeks for custody hearings as the courts in the country where the child was living have better access to the appropriate evidence and witnesses.

In light of this, Mr Smith is pushing to pass the International Child Abduction Prevention Act bill through Congress to secure the return of abducted children and penalise non-cooperating countries by withholding US financial aid and other assets.

Mr Smith said “the return rates of American children are still devastatingly low” even though more than 80 countries had signed The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

In 2010, 978 children were abducted to Hague Convention signatory countries with only 350 children or 38 percent returned.

Mr Smith, chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees international human rights, said the US would not tolerate child abduction or have patience with countries “that hide abductors behind The Hague Convention.”

The report states that: “Bermuda demonstrated patterns of noncompliance in the areas of central authority performance and judicial performance.”

It questions Bermuda’s application of the Convention when the taking party is not a parent, the challenges in bringing a Convention case to court when the Central Authority is also responsible for representing the state in court for child abuse cases and some courts’ failure to prohibit consideration of the merits of custody in domestic proceedings while a Hague application is pending.

The report details a June 2010 case when the Bermudian Central Authority wrongly said that because the taking person was an aunt and not a parent, the Convention would not apply. The family court then proceeded with a custody hearing and granted the aunt “full care, control and custody” of the child despite the pending Hague application.

The report states: “In November 2010, Bermuda appointed a new Attorney General (Michael Scott) who has expressed his commitment to ensuring that Bermuda is compliant with the Convention.

“At his urging, the court in the above case scheduled a hearing on The Hague application, but the left-behind parent (LBP) withdrew the application just days before the hearing, citing a lack of legal representation and a voluntary agreement with the taking aunt.”

The emotional federal hearing debate, which took place on May 24, included speeches from the parents of children abducted from America.

Mr Smith said international abduction was “a global human rights abuse” that harms children and inflicts emotional pain and suffering on the left-behind parents and families.

He said: “International child abduction rips children from their homes and lives, taking them to a foreign land and alienating them from a left- behind parent who loves them and who they have a right to know.

“Their childhood is disrupted, in limbo, or sometimes in hiding as the taking parent seeks to avoid the law or to conjure legal cover for their immoral actions.

“Abducted children often lose their relationship with their mom or their dad, half of their identity and half of their culture.”

Attorney General Michael Scott and Youth Affairs and Families Minister Glenn Blakeney did not respond to requests for comment.

The US State Department’s 2010 Hague Convention compliance report highlights Argentina, Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey for failing to enforce return orders.

It also states that Bermuda, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Honduras, Mexico, the Bahamas and Saint Kitts are among countries failing to abide by The Hague Convention, by not ensuring swift enforcement of convention orders.

He said: “The convention creates a civil framework for the quick return of children who have been abducted and for rights of access to both parents.

“Under the convention, courts are not supposed to open or reopen custody determinations, but rather decide the child’s country of habitual residence, usually where a child was living for a year before the abduction.

“Absent extenuating circumstances, the child is to be returned within six weeks to their habitual residence, for the courts there to decide on custody or to reverse any previous custody determinations.”

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Norsk Politi på jumboplass i Europa

“Når det gjelder politidekning, kjennetegnes både Norge og Sverige av at de er blant de landene i den vestlige verden som har lavest politidekning per innbygger, med henholdsvis 1,6 og 1,9 politi per 1 000 innbyggere i 2007, mot 2,3 i USA (Eurostat 2009 og Federal Bureau of Investigation 2009)”.

Schengen-avtalen åpnet for fri flyt av varer, personer, tjenester – og kriminelle.
 I dag omfatter Schengen 25 land med rundt 400 millioner innbyggere. Det er blitt et «supermarked» for kriminelle, der Norge er blant landene på øverste hylle. I Norge og Norden gjorde den mobile vinningskriminaliteten et nytt byks oppover da nye EU-land i Sentral-Europa og Baltikum ble med i Schengen. Det er land som har bidratt flittig til å fylle opp norske fengsler, av enkelte kalt «hotell fengsler». (Kilde: Politiforum)

Kilde: Nettavisen

Bemanningssituasjonen gjør at lensmannskontorer må holde sommerstengt. Nedleggelser kan tvinge seg fram, sier tillitsvalgt.

I Meråker i Nord-Trøndelag vil innbyggere bli møtt av stengte dører på lensmannskontoret til sommeren. Det samme kan skje på Nærøy.

– Har aldri skjedd før
– Dette er følgene av stramme driftsbudsjetter. Politiet vil ikke klare å løse alt, og det går nå mot sommerstengte lensmannskontor. Det har aldri tidligere skjedd, sier leder for Politiets Fellesforbund i Nord-Trøndelag, Rune Arstein, til

Til Nettavisen sier Arstein at politiet er milevis unna å nå målet om to politi per 1000 innbyggere, som er nedfelt i rapporten «Politi mot 2020».

– I Nord-Trøndelag mangler vi vel 60 stillinger for å kunne nå det målet, sier han.

Han sier mange politidistrikter er inne i et vanskelig år der det skal spares, omorganiseres, flyttes på ansatte og innføres «kreative» løsninger på vaktlistene for å få beredskapen til å gå rundt.

– Udramatisk
– Udramatisk, sier politimester Trond Prytz til Nettavisen.

Han understreker at polititilbudet ikke forsvinner selv om lensmannskontoret lukkes i en periode. Meråker vil bli betjent fra Stjørdal lensmannskontor, som forresten er landets største med rundt 40 ansatte.

Politimesteren håper på en bedring i 2013. Da skal et stort kull med nyutdannede politifolk ut i arbeid.

Men også Prytz innrømmer at budsjettsituasjonen er krevende og sier de har vært nødt til å snu alle steiner.

Flyplass krever mer av politiet
I Nord-Trøndelag har politiet en spesiell utfordring knyttet til trafikken på Trondheim lufthavn Værnes. Flyplassen opplever en eventyrlig økning i trafikken. De siste to, tre årene har økningen vært like stor som de siste 15 årene. Politioppgavene knyttet til flyplassen er økende og legger beslag på store ressurser.

PF-leder Rune Arstein sier budsjettsituasjonen i politiet nå fører til en nedbemanning. Vikariater som går ut blir ikke forlenget. Folk som går ledige blir ikke hentet inn.

– Kommer det ikke mer penger, er man nødt til å se på strukturen, sier han.

Det kan ikke bare sommerstengning, men nedleggelse av lensmannskontorer bli en nødvendighet, ifølge Arstein.

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The following information is excerpted from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

In light of the high profile abductions of several children, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) encourages families not to panic. Instead, parents need to empower themselves with information that can help protect their children.


  • Parental abductions and runaway cases make up the majority of missing children in the United States. In 2002 there were about 797,500 children reported missing, or nearly 2,185 per day. The vast majority of these cases were recovered quickly; however, the parent or guardian was concerned enough to contact law enforcement and they placed the child into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center – a computerized national database of criminal justice information. It is available to Federal, state and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.
  • Each year there are about 3,000 to 5,000 non-family abductions reported to police, most of which are short term sexually-motivated cases. About 200 to 300 of these cases, or 6 percent, make up the most serious cases where the child was murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
  • The NCMEC analyzed more than 4200 attempted abductions from February 2005 to March 2010 and found that 38% of attempted abductions occur while a child is walking alone to or from school, riding the school bus or riding a bicycle; 37% of attempted abductions occur between the hours of 2:00pm through 7:00pm on a weekday; 43% of attempted abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14; 72% of attempted abduction victims are female; 68% of attempted abductions involve the suspect driving a vehicle.
  • Research shows that of the 58,000 non-family abductions each year 63% involved a friend, long-term acquaintance, neighbor, caretaker, baby sitter or person of authority; only 37% involved a stranger.


  • Be sure to go over the rules with your children about whose homes they can visit when you’re not there and discuss the boundaries of where they can and can’t go in the neighborhood.
  • Always listen to your children and keep the lines of communication open. Teach your children to get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away, and practice role-playing and basic safety skills with them.
  • Teach your children in whose car they may ride. Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
  • Make sure children know their names, address, telephone numbers and how to use the telephone.
  • Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends and neighbors.


  • Always check first with your parents or the person in charge before you go anywhere or do anything.
  • Always take a friend when you play or go somewhere.
  • Don’t be tricked by adults who offer you special treats or gifts or ask you for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no and get away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused. Trust your feelings.
  • Don’t get into a car or go near a car with someone in it unless you are with your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Never take a ride from someone without checking first with your parents.
  • Never go into a public restroom by yourself.
  • Never go alone to the mall, movies, video arcades or parks.
  • Stay safe when you’re home alone by keeping the door locked. Do not open the door for or talk to anyone who stops by unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative.


In situations where parents have not resolved the issue of child custody, and one of the parents has ties to another country, there is the risk that that parent might take the child with them to a foreign country. Parents who are in this situation can find useful information about international parental abduction in “A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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Parental Child Abduction and Abducted Children Recovery

Christmas holidays – A time for parental child abductions

The holiday season sees a sharp rise in the number of parental abductions in Australia.  With emotions running high between separated and divorced parents during the Christmas/New Year period, a small number of parents will take the drastic step of abducting their own children.  Most of these children are eventually recovered, but a small number of parents will experience the agony of never seeing their children again. Read more below.

The number of British children abducted by one of their parents and taken abroad is set to double as the holidays start, the Foreign Office has warned.

Read more here: The Telegraph

Airlines Sued for Their Role in Parental Child Abduction

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Steps You can Take To Prevent Parental Child Abduction

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Parental Child Abduction – Lesson 1

Parental Child Abduction – Lesson 2

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The goal of ABP World Group international child recovery services is to locate, negotiate and recover your missing child. We can dispatch personnel to most locations in the world; we specialize in locating missing children up to ages 18. Areas of expertise: Parental abduction, Missing children, Kidnappings, Runaway children and Counseling.

Unfortunately in this day and time parental kidnapping happens and we are here to help you trough this difficult period. We are aware parental child abduction can be difficult to resolve, but we use professional operatives with the skills and expertise to help find a resolution.

We also provide:

• Executive protection
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• Surveillance
• Investigation
• Security consulting
• Medical services
• Anti kidnap logistics and planning
• Abducted and missing children recovery
• Missing person investigations
• Panic room / Safe room construction
• Risk Management

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