Burglar jailed for Bournemouth student thefts

Paul Oluyemi Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Paul Oluyemi, from Bouremouth, targeted properties while students were out of town

A former art student has been jailed for four years for a string of burglaries in Bournemouth.

Paul Oluyemi, 26, who attended the Arts University Bournemouth, targeted student properties in Winton and Charminster between 2014 and 2015.

He targeted homes when students were out in the town, Dorset Police said.

Det Con Chris Raspini said the spate of burglaries "was one of the longest student crime series" investigated by the force in recent years.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard his offending was brought to a halt when one of his victims discovered his stolen laptop was being sold on eBay.

Officers traced the laptop back to Oluyemi, who was found with a number of stolen laptops, iPads and cameras.

He was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to seven burglaries and 11 offences of handling stolen goods.

Det Con Raspini added: "Students can prevent themselves falling foul to opportunist thieves by taking the first basic step and simply lock up the house before leaving it."

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