Man sentenced to over three and a half years for residential burglary
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A man has been sentenced to three years and seven months in prison after pleading guilty to a residential burglary.
Angel Ponea, 32, of Warwick Road, Rainham, Havering was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 20 January, after pleading guilty to the residential burglary offence.
Officers were made aware of the residential burglary in Woking, which took place overnight on 10 February 2020. Bank cards, a laptop, two expensive pens, and a safe were stolen. Attempts were made to use the bank cards on the morning of 11 February 2020, but these attempts were unsuccessful.
Ponea was arrested on suspicion of burglary on 20 February 2020. He denied any involvement, and was released under investigation. After further investigation, Ponea’s initial statement was disproved, and Ponea was subsequently charged and summoned to court. At each of his initial hearings, Ponea pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty the day before his trial was due to start, on 12 January this year.
He was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison after pleading guilty to the offence.
PC Luke Lightburn, who investigated the case, said: “The fact that Ponea is now behind bars is testament to the hard work of the team and will also be of great comfort to our local communities. Residential burglaries have a massive impact on the victim, not just because of the financial implications and inconvenience involved, but also because of the traumatic effect it can have. Tackling burglary and bringing those who commit them to justice, remains one of our top priorities and this result demonstrates our commitment to that.”