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Burglars ordered to pay back all their money

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Two men involved in burgling nearly 60 homes across three counties have been ordered by a judge to hand over all their remaining assets.

One of the men, who investigators said benefited from his crimes by £7,388, was found to have just £1 left.

The pair used homemade tools to smash open windows and patio doors which would normally be considered resistant to attack.

Among the properties targeted by the gang were homes in Redshank Close and Jay Close in Haverhill.

The raids at addresses across Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk involved Mihai Gherghinesco, 33 and Adrian Budurcoiu, 21 who were jailed in November.

On May 29, the two men were brought back to Ipswich Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing designed to recoup as much as possible of what they gained from their offending.

Judge Martyn Levett heard that specialist financial investigators had looked into the assets of each man and concluded that Gherginesco had benefited by £31,402 and had £466 left, which was ordered to be confiscated.

Budurcoiu was found to have gained £7,388 from his role in the break-ins but had just £1 left, which Judge Levett ordered should be confiscated.

A third man, Traian Vasiluta, 22, who was jailed at the same time as the other two, is contesting the amount he is said to have gained.

Investigators have put the figure at £70,194 and say he has £7,318 available to hand over but Vasiluta is arguing against those figures, the court heard. Judge Levett adjourned a decision on his case until a further hearing scheduled for August.

The court heard that most of the burglaries took place at night, some when residents were on holiday and one when a man in the house was recovering from a heart attack.

Lawyers representing the three men said they had expressed genuine remorse. In November, Gherghinesco and Vasiluta were sentenced to seven years and four months each and Burducoiu to five years and four months.

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