Three men sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison following a spate of burglaries across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire

From left, Mihai Gherghinescu, Traian Vasiluta, and Adrian Budurcoiu

From left, Mihai Gherghinescu, Traian Vasiluta, and Adrian Budurcoiu - Credit: Archant

Two men living in Ipswich were among a trio of men sentenced to a total of 19 years imprisonment following a spate of burglaries across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Adrian Budurcoiu, 22, and 33-year-old Mihai Gherghinescu, both from Myrtle Road, Ipswich and Traian Vasiluta, 23, from Eltham Green Road, London appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today, to be sentenced in relation to conspiracy to commit burglaries across three counties

Budurcoiu was sentenced to five years and four months, while Gherghinescu and Vasiluta both received seven years and four months.

The trio, who are originally from Romania, committed 51 burglaries in Suffolk, 18 in Norfolk and one in Cambridgeshire committed between April 4 and June 1 of this year, and stole jewellery, cash, electrical items and personal possessions from each of the addresses.

When arrested, Gherghinescu was found to be in possession of a purpose made device to smash glass which he was wearing around his neck and Vasiluta had a similar device which was found in the glove box of his car.


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Police say after checks, none of the three have criminal records in Romania.

Speaking after sentencing Detective Inspector Nick Power who oversaw the investigation said: “We welcome the sentencing at court today; these three men left a trail of destruction across predominantly two counties but Cambridgeshire as well.

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“Detecting burglaries and bringing those responsible to justice is a priority for Suffolk Police and in this investigation detectives worked jointly across Norfolk and Suffolk to ensure sufficient evidence was gathered to secure a charging decision.

“Being burgled is considered to be one of the most feared crimes; to have your home entered by an unwanted visitor or visitors and have your sentimental, often irreplaceable possessions stolen can be very distressing.

“These men showed no remorse for what they had done, targeting up to 70 homes over a two month period.

“Hopefully the outcome at court will give the victims some satisfaction knowing those responsible are now facing lengthy custodial sentences.”

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