A polish national, who claimed he could not have committed a string of burglaries near Hyde Park because he had already been deported from the country, has been jailed after his fingerprints were found at the scene.
Krystian Lakarosz was sentenced to seven years behind bars after being found guilty of three counts of burglary at the Old Bailey on Thursday (November 23).
The 37-year-old stole £70, a debit card and driving licence from KU Bar, near Leicester Square, in January 2014, and in August the same year, took two mobile phones and a purse containing cash from a basement floor hotel room in Princes Square, Hyde Park.
In November 2014, he burgled a residential property in Connaught Street, Hyde Park, stealing cash and an iPad mini tablet.
He was identified by CCTV footage from KU Bar and fingerprints found at the residential property and hotel room, but claimed he could not have been in the country at the time.
Claudette Hamilton, reviewing lawyer at Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) London South, said, “This conviction has been long-awaited and relied heavily on working with a number of different international agencies, including Eurojust and the Polish authorities to prove despite Lakarosz having been deported, he had returned undetected and was in fact in the UK at the time of these offences.
“He then took the opportunity to continue with his criminal activities. I hope this successful prosecution shows criminals that they cannot use immigration excuses to conceal their crimes.”
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