Claudia Buncici Wiki – Claudia Buncici Biography
Claudia Buncici stole a ring from a pensioner’s finger in a distraction theft was caught after leaving her DNA on sticky tape.
Buncici approached her 83-year-old victim with a decoy gift while saying it was her birthday – only to escape with two items of ‘irreplaceable’ jewelry.
Nottingham Crown Court heard the victim had been walking in the city last year when the thief started talking to her.
She is 32 years old.
Buncici, who was jailed on Friday, handed the woman a package – later found to be full of nothing but small stones – on July 14 in the Radford area.
She then unsuccessfully tried to pinch the widow’s wedding ring from her finger while she was distracted.
But Buncici did manage to steal a gold ring from her hand and a St Christopher’s chain from her neck without her knowing – both of which were gifts from her late husband.
The couple had been married for 56 years until his death in 2014.
She used the vehicle in the Nottingham area at the time of the offenses.
In a victim statement given to police, she added: “The chain and ring that were taken from me were gifts from my husband. Both are irreplaceable. Part of the reason I wore them was to always have something from him with me wherever I wanted.
The victim said: ‘I received the beautiful flowers with a lovely written card with them from Rota 2.
‘It made me very emotional, but it was so sweet and kind of everyone. I felt honored they had done that for me as it was over and above them doing their job.
Jailed For 3 Years
Buncici, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to charges of theft and attempted robbery and was jailed for three years when she appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (12 November 2021).
Detective Constable Gavin Harper, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Buncici preyed on this elderly woman’s vulnerability and kindness in carrying out her despicable crimes.
“The ring and chain she stole were invaluable to the victim as they were both presents from her late husband. Now Buncici is behind bars. I hope she will reflect on the immense pain she caused to this elderly woman by stealing these sentimental items.”