Gang jailed for multiple burglaries during six week crime spree

Gang of burglars jailed for six week crime spree Credit: Cambridgeshire police

A gang of burglars have been jailed for a total of 28 years after admitting stealing property worth almost a quarter of a million pounds during six weeks of break-ins.

  • 35-year old Alexandru Dumitrescu

  • His brother, 27 year old Mihail

  • 49-year old Romulus Bircea

  • And 41-year old Rolls Virag

The gang committed 16 burglary offences in Cambridgeshire, 25 in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire between 12th October and 24th November 2019.

The gang operated from a property in Wellingborough where they targeted mainly detached houses. They smashed rear windows to get inside and placed furniture in front of doors in case the victims returned home.

During a period of two weeks they broke into fifteen homes in St Neots, Huntingdon, Gravely, Great Staughton, Hail Weston and Catworth. They took jewellery, cash, alcohol and electronics before fleeing in a silver BMW and green Mazda.

During a burglary in Brackley, Northamptonshire, Bircea and Alexandru assaulted two women who had returned home. 

Officers invited burglary victims in to view the suspected stolen property they’d recovered, with numerous items successfully being reclaimed.

Investigations revealed further evidence which also placed the men at the burglaries, which in total cost victims more than £230,000.

The group were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court after all admitting conspiring to burgle.

  • Bircea and Alexandru were both handed eight years in prison.

  • Mihail was jailed for six years and eight months and Virag was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars.