Three on trial after spate of Suffolk and Norfolk burglaries

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Three men alleged to have been involved in a string of burglaries across Suffolk and Norfolk were caught using mobile phone technology, it has been claimed.

No forensic evidence was recovered by police from the scenes of the crimes but the men, all Lithuanian nationals, were implicated through mobile phone records and cell data together with details retrieved from satnav devices, prosecutor Jane Oldfield told Ipswich Crown Court.

On trial are Darius Gastilavicius, 39, of west London, Tomas Paulavicius, 36, of Purfleet and Artura Malysovas, 21, of east London, who have pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit burglary with others.

The three men are alleged to have been part of a professional burglary gang who targeted homes in Suffolk and Norfolk to steal high value items including jewellery and cash.

The burglaries are alleged to have been at addresses including in Onehouse Road, Stowmarket, Park Road and Flemyng Road, Bury St Edmunds, St Nicholas Walk, Brandon, Lark Road, Mildenhall and Mill Road, Thetford.

Miss Oldfield told the jury that the defendants, who have been convicted of involvement in burglaries in Sussex and Devon, were linked to the Suffolk and Norfolk offences by a “web of interwoven evidence.”

It is alleged that the Suffolk and Norfolk burglaries were committed between August 2014 and March 2015 and, the jury were told, were all committed in a similar manner with door locks either being removed or snapped off.

In total the defendants are charged with involvement in 45 burglaries.

The trial continues.