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Man jailed for fraudulently using students bank cards

July 11, 2020
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A thief who spent almost £150 using stolen bank cards belonging to students has been jailed.

Shaan Oppal, 34, broke into a student property in Johnson Road, Lenton, between 11pm on 4 December 2019 and 2am on 5 December 2019. 

While he was there he stole two bank cards and other items.

The victim became aware of the theft when she checked her bank, and realised five separate transactions amounting up to £145 had been made on her account fraudulently.

An investigation was launched by Nottinghamshire Police and CCTV footage was obtained from a supermarket in Alfreton Road, Radford. The footage shows Oppal entering the store at 5.44am on the morning of 5 December 2019 and making a contactless card transaction wearing a green hooded top with three white stripes down the arms, and a light blue hooded top underneath.

Officers identified Oppal as the suspect and was arrested on Christmas Day at his home in Alfreton Road, Radford. A subsequent search was carried out and the clothes he was identified as wearing in the CCTV footage were seized. 

Oppal was charged with burglary and fraud and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Nottinghamshire Crown Court after pleading guilty to the offences.

Detective Constable Robert Palethorpe, of Nottinghamshire police said: “Burglary is not something we tolerate and I am pleased to see that Oppal has been jailed for his actions. 

“It was upsetting for the victims to know someone had been in their house especially knowing that they had left the house secure and losing money so close to Christmas is distressing.

“I want to reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we are committed to pursuing those suspected to be committing burglaries and remain dedicated to catching those responsible."

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