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A Bury St Edmunds couple who were burgled by a carer say they now find it ‘hard to trust anybody’ who comes into their home.

The victims, who wish to remain anonymous, were targeted by Claudiu Stupinean, who last week was sentenced to 28 months in prison for a string of theft and burglary offences.

The 29-year-old was initially arrested on September 8, 2020, and following police inquiries was charged on April 23 this year with various offences in the Bury area.

Claudiu Stupinean was last week sentenced to 28 months in prison for a string of theft and burglary offences
Claudiu Stupinean was last week sentenced to 28 months in prison for a string of theft and burglary offences

Among the offences, carried out between July 30 and September 15, 2020, last year, Stupinean stole World War Two medals belonging to Normandy war veterans. The anonymous victim’s car and house keys were also stolen during Stupinean’s spree.

A year after the incident, the victims have swapped care providers, but say it took six to nine months to build some kind of trust with the new company, and they still struggle letting people into their home.

“Because I couldn’t look after my husband on my own, we had to continue with carers, but it’s very hard to trust anybody who comes in the house,” one of the victims said.

The couple were burgled by Stupinean last August.
The couple were burgled by Stupinean last August.

“I just had a lack of trust of anybody coming in. Those people who you have given an important responsibility and it ruins your trust in everybody.

“Anybody who’s had something stolen, you feel like you have been violated. There were other incidents but this was the worst and it was a bit traumatic.”

The victim said while waiting to have their home door locks changed after their keys were stolen, they barricaded themselves in through fear of being burgled.

“I put chairs up against the door because we couldn’t be sure that someone might get to the locks,” they said.

Following Stupinean’s sentencing, investigating officer Pc Lisa Yorke said: “Stupinean started work with a care company in late July last year and exploited and preyed on the vulnerable in their properties, some of whom have now sadly passed away.

“These were people who entrusted him for their care and wellbeing but he exploited this trust for his own selfish ends.

“This sentence handed down reflects the serious nature of this type of offence and demonstrates that the targeting of vulnerable victims in society will not be tolerated by the courts or the police.”

Some of Stupinean’s other offences included three counts of theft of a motor vehicle, one count of burglary after a painting was stolen and one count of theft of parcels from Amazon.

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