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Burglar Tomas Rulinskas jailed after stealing Christmas presents from Thetford homes

A serial burglar who stole Christmas presents from several Thetford homes throughout December has been jailed.

Tomas Rulinskas, of Chester Way, Thetford, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary in Durham Way, Fairfields and Winchester Way and possession of amphetamine.

Each of the burglaries were carried out between December 12 and 31 while the occupants were still in their homes.

Tomas Rulinskas (30590824)
Tomas Rulinskas (30590824)

The court also took into account a further eight burglaries on the town's Abbey estate as well as one attempted burglary in Waterloo Close.

Officers were able to link Rulinkas to the crime after they found iPads, a Nokia phone and gift cards in his home, all of which were intended Christmas presents.

Some of the gift cards featured the names of the grandchildren of one of the victims.

They also noted that he matched the description of the suspect in a spate of burglaries and that the coat and bag he was wearing matched the descriptions given by witnesses.

His footprint was also found outside one of the homes.

Rulinskas was sentenced to two years and two months in jail.

DC Mark Tate, from Thetford Police Station, said: "Burglary is a very intrusive crime and particularly distressing for families at Christmas time. We are committed to investigating these crimes and our forensic work helped to secure successful conviction of a prolific burglar in this case.”

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