Two men who raided dozens of houses across Norfolk and Suffolk, stole high-quality jewellery, and then sent the items to Lithuania have been jailed for a total of 10 years between them.
Paulius Mizincevas and Romas Sereika, both 24 and of Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court last Thursday for their involvement in more than 30 burglaries where property, worth in excess of £66,000, was stolen. Mizincevas’ wife and another woman charged with handling stolen property were also sentenced.
There were more than 30 attempted burglaries across the region, including a property in Mill View, Old Buckenham, where a laptop, camera and jewellery were stolen, and another in Victoria Hill, Eye, where entry was forced but nothing was taken.
The pair targeted large detached properties at both day and night, often forcing their way through doors and windows and conducting untidy searches, picking out high-value items, the court heard.
After committing the burglaries, many of the items were sent to Lithuania by courier, where payments were sent back to the offenders via MoneyGram transfers.
Detective Sergeant Martin Clabon, from Norwich CID, welcomed the sentences and said they should serve as a warning to others.
“The burglaries committed by Mizincevas and Sereika were organised and executed in a well-planned manner. This is demonstrated by the fact the men used cars registered in false names to travel to them, would clearly target detached homes and used walkie talkies to communicate once inside homes.
“The group caused great inconvenience and distress to their victims, stealing valuable jewellery which often held great sentimental value to victims.
“This outcome proves that we are determined to target organised criminals and I hope this will act as a deterrent to others.”
Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary in connection with 31 break-ins and Sereika was sentenced to six years imprisonment while Mizincevas was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Ernesta Judickaite, 27 and of Prince of Wales Road, was charged with handling stolen goods from six burglaries worth £6,500 and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.
Tatjana Sokolova, 21, also of Prince of Wales Road, was also given an unpaid work order for 100 hours for handling stolen property worth £300 stolen from four burglaries.