Five burglars who targeted homes in Lincolnshire as part of an organised group have been jailed.

The group from Latvia were based in Wisbech and raided homes of the elderly in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, stealing mainly cash and jewellery.

Within Lincolnshire, the group burgled homes in Boston, Sleaford, Spalding and Skegness.

A series of burglaries across the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area prompted increased police patrols and in September 2011 the defendants were all arrested on suspicion of burglary in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

The arrests triggered the start of a lengthy investigation led by detectives in Norfolk with support from the bordering forces investigating a number of burglaries committed across the four counties which had been linked due to the suspects using a particular method….

….Genadj Rakitsky, 20 and of Milner Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to three years imprisonment and Mihails Sirokovs, 25 and also of Milner Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Oscar Beitans, 25 and of Victoria Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment while Jurijs Kazacoks, 23 and of Syralense, King’s Lynn, was jailed for seven years.

Artur Skrabo, 18, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of burglary relating to an incident in September 2011 at Windsor Rise in Hunstanton and one count of attempted burglary in connection with an incident at Lynn Road, Snettisham. He was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment on July 4.

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