AN 'UNSCRUPULOUS' man has been jailed for burglaries in Old Town and Addiscombe. Patrick Horeatko, 25, of no fixed abode, broke into a property in Old Town, Croydon, on the evening of April 20 this year, taking laptops, Apple gadgets, bracelets, game consoles and a jewellery box after breaking in through the patio. He had also admitted in his police interview to being involved in the burglary of a restaurant in Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe, on Thursday, May 8, where he stole £200. He was forensically linked by officers who had examined the Old Town house and he was arrested on May 14 after members of the public called police when they noticed three men behaving suspiciously in Elmwood Road, Croydon. He was initially searched and arrested at the scene after being found in possession of cannabis. He was charged on May 14 and was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday (July 17) after pleading guilty to burglary. DC Simon Nicholls, the investigating officer, said: "I am pleased with the results of our investigation and would like to thank the eagle-eyed members of the public who spotted Horeatko in Elmwood Road. "Thanks to their prompt actions, we were able to quickly arrest him and bring him before a court. I hope he will take some time, while behind bars, to think about his unscrupulous actions."
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