Two Mansfield burglars who carried out a series of break-ins across have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
Cezary Goman (19) and Mateusz Koza (27) both of George Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and theft, burglary with intent to steal, theft of a motor vehicle and attempted fraud by false representation at Nottingham Crown Court.
The court heard that the pair, who are both Polish nationals, carried out five break-ins across North Nottinghamshire between November 2013 and January 2014.
The pair used a green Vauxhall Corsa to travel between the properties they raided- targeting elderly victims and taking jewellery, ornaments and electrical items.
They were linked to burglaries across Mansfield including one in Carter Lane, Mansfield, where armed forces medals were stolen. When officers linked Goman and Koza to the incident they recovered some of the stolen items and photos of the medals which had been taken.
They also recovered property stolen from West Bank Avenue, Mansfield, Stainforth Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Farndon Road, Sutton and Sherwood Drive, Ollerton – where a Ducati Monster Motorcycle was taken from the rear garden.
After a five day trial Goman was convicted and sentenced to four years in a youth offenders institue and Koza was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.
DC Lee Keeling, who led the investigation said: “This was a complex investigation which involved linking a series of thefts to this pair.
“Through CCTV, forensic and phone work we placed Goman and Koza at the scene of various crimes. We then worked on linking dozens of stolen items to property recovered from George Street and we have been able to reunite much of it with the victims.
“After the devastating impact of having their homes invaded, sometimes while they were at home asleep, I hope gives them some comfort and reassurance that we work hard to protect them and bring criminals to justice.
“I’d also like to thank all the officers and staff and the CPS who worked on this case to bring about this sentence.”