Wisbech charity shop raider caught when boarding flight, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910144054
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A man who raided two Wisbech charity shops was only apprehended as he tried to board a flight out of the country, a court has heard.

Olegs Nagels, 20, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary when he appeared before magistrates in King’s Lynn today.

The case related to break-ins at the British Heart Foundation and Norfolk Hospice Tapping House charity shops in Wisbech on January 5 and 6 this year.

Another man has already admitted his involvement in the raids, the bench was told.

Susannah Chowdhury, prosecuting, told the court that Nagels had been due to report to police on January 30 in relation to the case as a condition of his bail, but did not attend.

She added: “He was arrested on March 8 at Stansted airport boarding a plane to leave the UK.”

The court heard Nagels, along with the other defendant, had been traced through CCTV footage and fingerprint evidence discovered at the two sites.

A Dell Optiplex computer, along with coffee and mugs, was stolen from the British Heart Foundation shop in the Market Place. A till was also damaged.

Meanwhile, two windows were smashed during the raid on the Norfolk Hospice premises in Union Street. Hundreds of pounds in cash were also stolen.

No representations were made in Nagels’ defence.

Nagels, of Park Road, Peterborough, was committed to Norwich Crown Court for sentence on a date yet to be fixed.

He was released on conditional bail until his sentencing hearing and ordered to surrender his passport.