December 11 2013 Latest news:
Jane Hunt and Colin Adwent
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Two dozy burglars who pretended to be asleep in a child’s bedroom when police found them during a break-in have been each been jailed for 12 months.
Officers were alerted after Krzysztof Slowik and Andrzej Majewski were seen by members of the public using wheelie bins to clamber on to the balcony of a flat in Rapier Street, Ipswich.
Detective Inspector Eamonn Bridger, of Suffolk Constabulary, said; “Officers arrived to find a messy search had been carried out at the address with items of property tipped from drawers and cupboards gone through.
“In a child’s bedroom the two men were found on a bed, pretending to be asleep.
“A torch was located under a cot in the same room and the two were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
“Both were taken into custody where they were interviewed in connection with the incident and, while both gave ‘no comment’ interviews, both were subsequently charged and remanded in custody.
“We are pleased they have both now been jailed.”
Slowik, 24, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich and Majewski, 34, of no fixed address admitted burglary with intent to steal on August 11.
Jailing them at Ipswich Crown Court Judge Rupert Overbury said the burglary had happened at night when fortunately the occupants were not at home.
“You broke into the property through some patio doors, no doubt causing some damage and you conducted an untidy search of the premises,” said the judge.
“This was a premeditated burglary.
“Fortunately upstanding members of the community saw what you were doing and contacted the police.
“You were caught in the flat and you lied about your reason for being there.”
Michael Warren for Majewski said his client had been in the UK for nine years and was a self employed carpenter. Two weeks before the burglary his benefits had been stopped and he was experiencing financial difficulties.
On the night of the burglary he had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and he and his co-defendant had been seen by members of the public as they climbed on a wheelie bin to get on to a balcony of the flat.
Paul Donegan for Slowik said his client worked at a factory and had placed that job in jeopardy by committing the burglary.