Two Roma people from Romania, who were sending children to steal from tourists visiting Disneyland Paris, have been sentenced to prison by the French courts.
Marian Tinca, 57, received a prison sentence of six years while his former wife Maria Iamandita, 51, is to spend five years in jail. The two were the leaders of the gang.
The other seven members of the gang involved in the vast network of pickpockets operating in the Disneyland Paris area and in the public transport in Paris, namely the four children of Tinca and Iamandita and their partners, were sentenced to two to four years in prison.
Moreover, a 38-year-old woman who was linked to the network also got a sentence of four years.
The gang is believed to have stolen around €1 million worth of foreign currency, luxury jewelry or phones from tourists.
However, the total damage is not known for sure as many foreign victims have not filed a complaint.