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Thetford serial burglar Sergin Danaila jailed after police fingerprint database shows string of offences

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A Thetford man has been jailed after police linked his fingerprints to more than a dozen burglaries in the town.

Sergin Catalin Danaila, 28, of Guildhall Street, was jailed for three years and four months at Norwich Crown Court today.

He admitted 14 counts of burglary and one of theft at homes, businesses and charity shops in the town between October 2019 and February 2022 at an earlier hearing.

Sergin Catalin Danaila.
Sergin Catalin Danaila.

He has also had six burglary offences taken into consideration.

The court heard how officers had first arrested Danaila on suspicion of burglary at a doctors’ surgery in the town on Saturday 5 March 2022.

But upon adding Danaila's DNA and fingerprints to the police database officers discovered his fingerprints matched those found at burglaries at:

  • A hairdressers in Guildhall Street when hair clippers, shampoo, conditioner and hair colourant were stolen in October 2019.
  • A house in Raymond Street where items and £150 in cash were taken in December 2019.
  • A locked pub garden in the Market Place when a flat screen TV was stolen in April 2021.
  • A house in Castle Street where mobile phones, laptop, a chainsaw, and a drill were taken in April 2021.
  • A property in Lord Cecil Court where two mobile phones, Airpods and £50 were stolen in April 2021.
  • A flat in Breckland Court where televisions, a blood pressure machine, alcohol, cash and jewellery were among items stolen in January 2022.

Forensic analysis also linked him to a café burglary in King Street in May 2021 and another burglary at a school in Bridge Street in November that year.

Equipment worth more than £10,000, including 7 iMac computers, iPads, a camera, and pair of trainers were stolen.

The court also heard that officers discovered items stolen from a charity shop in Lime Kiln Lane in December 2021, and from a business in Market Place in February this year at Danaila’s home.

Danaila was also linked to two burglaries at the same charity shop in Magdalen Street in September 2021 and in January this year, and burglaries at a charity shop in King Street last November and a church in the town in January.

Sgt Daniel Shelley, of Norfolk Constabulary, said: "Burglary is an intrusive crime and Danaila stole from charities, people and businesses trying to earn a living. We never underestimate the impact it can have on victims, and I’m pleased that through our investigations we have been able to bring him to justice and reunite stolen property with its rightful owners.

“Officers showed ingenuity and determination to catch the man responsible for more than a dozen burglaries over a number of years, and I’m pleased to say Thetford is a safer place with Danaila behind bars.”

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