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Burglar ‘clears the slate’ by admitting to burglaries dating back 10 years

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One of two brothers jailed for a total of eight and a half years after admitting to a string of burglaries admitted offences across the Fens and West Norfolk dating back 10 years.

Cirean Brytz, 35, of Westfields, Tilney St Lawrence, Norfolk, appeared at King’s Lynn Crown Court on Wednesday 9 August 2023 having admitted to two house burglaries, a burglary of a homeless hostel, two thefts of vehicles, and a theft of a number plate, all in March 2023.

His brother James, 40, also of Westfields, faced the same charges admitting to two of them.

The others were left to lie on file.

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But Cirean also asked for 13 other offences to be taken into consideration (TIC) after he was further investigated by police staff from the Operation Converter, TIC unit.

The oldest offence dated back to October 2013.

During a decade-long spree he targeted homes and businesses, sometimes taking keys and stealing cars parked outside including a Mercedes and a VW Beetle.

Among the additional offences he admitted were home burglaries in Ditchingham, Belton, Gorleston, Loddon, and Beccles.

He also admitted to filling a stolen car with diesel in Downham Market and making off without paying.
On 10 March 2023 he targeted a home in Wiggenhall St Germans, in King’s Lynn, taking money and a car, found burnt out in Ditchingham a few days later.

He also admitted to breaking into Emmaus House in Ditchingham, on 13 March, a homeless hostel where he lived before 2019, taking cash, laptops, medication, and a Vauxhall Zafira.

On 19 March, a number plate was stolen from a car in Gorleston, and the Zafira plate was found at the scene.

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Ten days later a householder came home to find a suspect leaving her property in Wisbech with valuables including jewellery, a coin bottle, keys, and cash.

A Vauxhall Zafira was spotted at the scene.

The vehicle was subsequently traced to the brothers’ home address where numerous items were recovered matching stolen property descriptions, as well as bolt croppers and several stolen or cloned number plates.

He admitted to all six charges and was sentenced to six years. James admitted to two and was handed a two-and-a-half-year prison term.

The additional 13 admissions made by Cirean were part of a scheme whereby offenders can ask for offences to be taken into consideration by the court.

It provides an outcome for victims and a clean slate for offenders who cannot be rearrested and charged for TIC crimes.

Police staff supervisor Duncan Etchells of the Operation Converter Unit said after the sentencing: “We were only able to investigate this prolific offender following some excellent work resulting in his arrest and charge by the team at Swaffham CID and DC Charlie Bunting.

“We hope that the additional admissions Cirean Brytz made in relation to the TIC offences show he will hopefully rehabilitate himself while he is serving his custodial sentence.

“He knows, however, if he chooses to re-offend on release Norfolk Police will do all they can to put him back behind bars in order to protect the communities of Norfolk.”

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