SIRBU and associates are responsible for multiple robberies in the Sacramento area. Suspects approach in an open area like a parking lot or street outside victim’s residence. Suspects offer the victim a gift, sell them fake jewelry, say they lost their wallet and need money for their family, or ask for directions. Once close enough, suspects take the high value jewelry the victim is wearing, using sleight-of-hand or force.
On May 14, 2020, the victim was standing in her driveway when a car pulled up with three people inside. The front passenger asked the victim for directions. As the victim stepped over to the car, the back passenger, identified as SIRBU, reached out and grabbed the back of the victim’s head with one hand and grabbed an expensive necklace off the victim’s neck with the other.
On September 18, 2020, SIRBU approached another victim and started putting jewelry on the victim. She then pulled away, at which time the victim noticed that SIRBU had the victim's necklace.