JAILED: Wisbech burglars who stole child’s piggy bank savings as they ransacked Whittlesey home
TWO burglars ransacked a home in Whittlesey, stealing cash, jewellery and even �10 in savings from a child’s piggy bank.
Mantas Blaudziunas, 25, and Zilvinas Sindickas, 26, were jailed after they admitted carrying out the burglary at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday.
The pair had broken into a house in Coates Road on the morning of July 11. They searched every room, helping themselves to cash, jewellery and electrical items.
They also took the contents of the child’s piggy bank before neighbours spotted them leaving the property with a sports bag and called the police.
Officers attended and chased the pair on foot, arresting Sindickas and, after finding him hiding in a car in Church Gardens, Blaudziunas.
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Neighbours helped police trace the holdall, which had been dumped in a wheelie bin. The stolen property was recovered along with a hammer and part of the lock from the house.
Blaudziunas, of St Michael’s Avenue, Wisbech, was jailed for three years and four months and disqualified from driving for two years.
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Sindickas, of Jubilee Walk, Wisbech, was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Detective Constable Emily Clarke said: “This was a brazen burglary where the offenders thought they could help themselves to valuables before walking off in broad daylight.
“But thanks to some community-spirited neighbours they were both caught red-handed and the stolen property returned to the victims. This case shows how vital members of the public can be to help us catch offenders.
“Breaking into a young child’s piggy bank shows the lengths the burglars were willing to go for their own gain.”