Two year jail sentence for man’s part in Harlow burglary where £20,000 in jewellery was stolen

Crime / Sat 13th Jan 2024 at 07:29am

THANKS to an investigation by Harlow CID, a man who admitted a 2021 burglary has been sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

Dragos Munteanu, 26, of No Fixed Abode, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday 9 January where he was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment for the burglary after he admitted the charge at a previous hearing.

Harlow Criminal Investigation Department (CID) launched an investigation after the resident of a property in Harlow reported that they had been burgled on the morning of 8 June 2021.

After the victim left for work, CCTV captured Dragos Munteanu arriving in a car with two other men and go to the rear of the property, where they forced open a window.

Once inside, a messy search was conducted, and £20,000 worth of jewellery and goods were stolen.

Detectives established that Dragos Munteanu had left the UK several days later.

Undeterred, Essex Police officers worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and applied for an international arrest warrant. Further work with the National Crime Agency resulted in Dragos Munteanu being extradited back to the UK. The 26-year-old was arrested upon arrival of a flight at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday 7 November 2023.

Dragos Munteanu was charged with burglary and remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8 November 2023.

Detective Sergeant Alfie Self said:

“Dragos Munteanu tried to escape the arms of justice, however following a complex investigation and joint working with other agencies, he has now been sentenced for the crime he committed. 

Burglary is, and always will be, a force priority, and we will do all we can to thoroughly investigate and identify those responsible for any burglary.

Two other men were jailed in 2021 for their part in the same burglary when they appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.

In December 2023, burglary-dwelling in Harlow district is down 5.1% compared to the same time in 2022.

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1 Comment for Two year jail sentence for man’s part in Harlow burglary where £20,000 in jewellery was stolen:

2024-01-13 14:04:35

Your harlow you have gone to far this time. We are silenced in our own country,you have deleted my earlier comment but u have let Mehmet insult the British people and you have kept his comment up. Also the post is about someones jewellery being stolen and hr seems to think that is a job. He is a disgrace and so is your harlow.