Ipswich man who carried out 40 burglaries across three counties ordered to pay over remaining assets

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man involved in burgling nearly 40 homes across three counties has been ordered by a judge to hand over his remaining assets.

Although Traian Vasiluta benefited from his crimes by tens of thousands of pounds, he now has just £7,318 left, Ipswich Crown Court heard today.

Vasiluta, who in November was jailed for seven years and four months, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

Among the properties targeted was a home in High Road, Wortwell, the court heard Vasiluta, of Martin Road, Ipswich, was one of a three man gang who used homemade tools to smash open windows and patio doors which would normally be considered resistant to attack Raids at homes across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire resulted in the theft of not only jewellery and electrical goods being stolen but also duvets, kitchen utensils and food.

Police linked the men to their crimes thanks to photos they had taken of each other on mobile phones at the scenes. Distinctive prints made by trainers worn by the burglars also helped identify them.

Today’s hearing was told that specialist financial investigators had established Vasiluta’s benefit from the 38 burglaries he admitted was £70,194.

Mr Recorder Ian Evans ordered Vasiluta to hand over his last remaining £7,318 within the next four months. Failure to comply with that deadline will result in a further four months imprisonment.

When Vasiluta and his two co-offenders were sentenced, the court heard that Vasiluta was detained when police stopped a car in Ipswich and discovered that he had a window smashing device on a cord around his neck. He was also in possession of stolen property.