OPPORTUNIST thieves stole rugby fans’ bank cards and withdrew their cash in a real-life recreation of a scene from T2 Trainspotting.
The three targeted fans partying in Capital nightclubs after the first three Six Nations games in February.
Robert Milos, Angela Mihaiesi and Gheorge-Daniel Zissu, all from London, pleaded guilty to various offences at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
“All three of these individuals took advantage of Edinburgh’s city centre being busier than normal and expected to successfully commit these crimes without being identified or apprehended,” said Sgt George Liddle.
Milos, 34, Mihaiesi, 32, and 37-year-old Zissu stole wallets and purses before using the stolen debit and credit cards to withdraw cash.
Their scam mirrors a scene from this year’s Trainspotting blockbuster sequel starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Anjela Nedyalkova.
Characters Renton and Sick Boy distract drinkers in a social club before making off with their bank cards to access their accounts.
The London gang first struck after Scotland’s home game with Ireland on Saturday, February 4. As thousands of supporters flooded into the city centre to party into the night, the three preyed on unsuspecting victims.
The following day, England hosted France, and Wales travelled to Italy, with bumper crowds watching the games in the Capital’s bars and clubs.
Fans provided more rich pickings for the thieves, who were lying in wait to grab more wallets and purses.
Officers swooped after being tipped off and arrested the trio on Sunday, February 26, the day England hosted Italy.
Milos and Mihaiesi were jailed for nine months on Thursday, while Zissu is scheduled to appear in court on April 27 for sentencing.