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Man ransacked nine city businesses during month-long burgling spree

November 20, 2020
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A 31-year-old man stole personal belongings, cash and electronics as he invaded numerous businesses across Nottingham.

Adrian Grancea, of Grundy Street, was sentenced to one year, eight months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (19 November).

Detectives from Nottinghamshire police first began investigating Grancea's crime spree having received a report that a man had broken into the storage room of a hotel in George Street and stole hundreds of pounds worth of alcohol for the bar at around 7.15pm on 20 July.

They then linked Grancea to breaking into two pubs, two shops, two restaurants, two businesses and a hair salon up until 12 August just before his arrest.

The crimes took place in the Derby Road, Byard Lane, Market Street, Eldon Chambers, Lower Parliament Street, Main Street, Forman Street and Haydn Road areas.

He often targeted the private spaces and staff rooms of businesses, helping himself to the personal belongings of people who worked there.

He often did this under disguise by purporting to be a customer looking for the toilet or a 'lost' builder.

On one occasion, he stole more than £400 in cash from a pub that was being renovated having disturbed the owner as they were counting it on the side.

He was arrested having been identified through witnesses accounts and CCTV and pleaded guilty to nine counts of burglary on 15 October.

Detective Constable Kate Gledhill, said: "Grancea was prolific in his thieving spree and took advantage of others good nature on many occasions.

"He showed absolutely no regard for anyone else, stealing from people at the height of the pandemic when everyone is facing hardship."

"We are glad that we were able to bring him to account for committing multiple crimes and hope this has served as some form of justice to the numerous victims he targeted."

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