Prison terms for ‘plague of locusts’ burglars

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Five burglars who travelled across East Anglia, including South Holland, like a “plague of locusts,” targeting dozens of homes as an organised group, have been jailed for a total of 28-and-a-half years.

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

Two defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and were sentenced last week at Norwich Crown Court. Genadj Rakitsky (20), of Milner Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to three years imprisonment and Mihails Sirokovs (25), also of Milner Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Following a two-and-a-half week trial at Norwich Crown Court which concluded on July 25 two of the defendants were found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to burgle between June and September 2011.

Oscar Beitans (25), of Victoria Road, Wisbech, was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment while Jurijs Kazacoks (23), 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 4 July.

A sixth suspect charged with offences is due to stand trial in December.