Lithuanian burglar sentenced to four years in prison at St Albans crown court for car thefts

A hearing was held in St Albans

A hearing was held in St Albans - Credit: Archant

A Lithuanian burglar who was sentenced to four years in prison after stealing expensive cars from driveways was told the “sooner he is sent home the better”.

Kestuts Grigaitis, 27, of Almond Road, Tottenham, was imprisoned today (Thursday, June 11) after his involvement in burglaries in Harpenden, Cuffley and Knebworth, that took place while the homeowners, including children, were asleep.

Judge Andrew Bright QC who sentenced him said: “I want your case to be looked at by the Border Agency.

“The sooner you are shipped back to Lithuania the better for the inhabitants of this country.”

Grigaitis was convicted at St Albans crown court of three burglaries and two thefts.

On November 27 last year he and others broke into a large house in Cuffley.

An Audi Q7 car, a 55 inch Panasonic TV, other electrical equipment and bottles of wine were taken.

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On December 4, a Mercedes A200 and two Toshiba laptops were taken from a home in Knebworth.

A Kia Sportage was also taken on the same night.

Another Mercedes, this time a CSL350, was taken from a house in Barlings Road, Harpenden on December 17, along with electrical items and mobile phones.

A balaclava was found in Grigaitis’ car which suggested him and his accomplices had been masked during the night time break-ins.

Another Lithuanian, Egidijus Gylys, 23, of Sorenson Court, Leyton Grange, was convicted of handing goods stolen in the three burglaries.

He was jailed for 12 months but will be released soon because he has spent nearly six months in custody on remand.

The judge said: “Again, I would like the Border Agency to look at your status.

“It may be best that you are put on a plane back to Lithuania.”