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Thetford man Rafal Cholerzyknski jailed after carrying out spate of burglaries in town

A serial burglar who stole bank cards and used them to buy hundreds of pounds worth of online casino chips has been jailed.

Rafal Cholerzyknski, 25, of Anne Boleyn Close, Thetford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) where he admitted to seven counts of burglary.

Two of the burglaries were carried out at Fairfields in the town, with another two at the Norfolk Terrier pub.

Rafel Cholerzyknski (30391074)
Rafel Cholerzyknski (30391074)

Other incidents were carried out in Tennyson Way, Wheeler Close and Brandon Road.

All incidents took place between October 21 and November 23 last year, with Cholerzyknski often having entered houses while occupants were inside.

Officers identified Cholerzyknski after discovering that he was linked to betting accounts on which the stolen cards had been used to buy chips.

A search carried out at his home address revealed property linked to two of the burglaries as well as another one in Watton.

Police also found an envelope containing 29 items including bank cards, loyalty cards and a driving licence belonging to the victims.

DC Mark Tate, from Thetford Police Station, said: "Many of these burglaries took place while the occupants were asleep inside the properties which can prove particularly unsettling for victims.

"This result shows that we will go the extra mile to make sure we get justice for victims, meticulously collecting evidence and carrying out forensics.”

Cholerzyknski was sentenced to two years and four months.

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