Three men have been jailed for a combined total of 30 years after being found guilty of 45 burglaries across Suffolk and Norfolk.
Tomas Paulavicius, aged 37; Dainius Gastilavicius, aged 39; and Arturas Malysovas, aged 21; all stood accused of conspiracy to burgle in the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk between 15 August 2014 and 30 March 2015. These crimes were spread right across Suffolk and Norfolk, with 12 in the area around Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, 10 in the villages surrounding Bury St Edmunds, four near to Ipswich and Woodbridge, eight around Swaffham and four near King’s Lynn.
The three men, who are from London and south Essex, had all denied the offences but were found guilty following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, Tuesday August 9. Paulavicius was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment, Gastilavicius to 10 years and Malysovas to nine years.
Suffolk Constabulary launched Operation Domain in late 2014 in response to a large number of similar burglaries across the county and also into Norfolk.
The burglaries were linked by detectives due to the similarities in their nature and forensic evidence that was obtained from the crime scenes. The typical features of the break-ins was that they occurred in rural areas, usually in the afternoon or early evening, and involved forced entry to the property and with jewellery and cash the main target for the criminals.
Officers also liaised closely with other police forces experiencing similar crime series and through this cooperation were alerted to Paulavicius, Gastilavicius and Malysovas, who were being investigated by Devon and Cornwall Police for burglaries in Devon.
They were also of interest to Sussex Police and were subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit over 30 burglaries occurring in Devon and Sussex. They were convicted of these offences at Exeter Crown Court in January this year and jailed for a combined total of 21 years.
Suffolk Police detectives investigating the series of burglaries in Suffolk and Norfolk were able to link the three defendants to 45 break-ins across the two counties by using evidence obtained through analysing their mobile phones, sat navs found in their cars and cell site data.
Detective Inspector Andrew Smethurst, one of the lead investigators for Operation Domain, said: “These three individuals caused enormous upset to their victims, not only breaking into their homes and stealing irreplaceable possessions, but often causing a significant amount of damage in the process.
“A great deal of police resources went into investigating this series of burglaries and we used all the tools at our disposal to gain the evidence required to charge the offenders, with examination of mobile phones and sat navs key to this.
“I am pleased with the sentences handed down by the court which reflect the huge impact these men had on the lives of such a large number of victims and I hope their conviction is able to offer some comfort to those who have suffered these invasive crimes.”