Doncaster burglar and drug dealer jailed after investigation by Operation Castle team

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Detectives working on an ongoing operation to apprehend burglars in Doncaster have secured another prison sentence, with Alexander Olas jailed for over two-and-a-half years.

Olas, who was jailed for two years and 10 months in December 2023 for supplying Class A drugs, will now spend even longer behind bars after pleading guilty to burglary and fraud by false representation.

The 22-year-old broke into a woman's house in Denaby in August 2023, stealing a handbag, a laptop, car keys, a mobile phone and multiple bank cards which he used to go on a £195 spending spree.

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After the crime was reported in the early hours of the morning, detectives quickly sought to ascertain Olas' movements, with CCTV footage capturing him fraudulently using the victim's bank cards.

Jailed: Alexander Olas.Jailed: Alexander Olas.
Jailed: Alexander Olas.

A detailed forensic investigation ensued to collect the evidence needed to secure charges against Olas and he first appeared before Doncaster Magistrates' Court on 14 May.

Olas, now of HMP and YOI Morton Hall, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary dwelling and theft and four counts of fraud by false representation, with a judge sentencing him to two years and seven months in prison at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday (11 June).

This sentence will run consecutively to the sentence he was already serving for supplying Class A drugs.

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Detective Constable Rachael Gilsenan, who was the officer in charge of this case, said: "Operation Castle is continuing to crack down on burglars in Doncaster.

"Since launching this operation, Doncaster as a district is now dealing with around 100 less burglaries in a month and recently recording its lowest number of burglaries in a month in the past five years.

"As well as diligent reactive detective work to investigate and pull together evidence for burglary cases, we work proactively to conduct plain clothed and high visibility patrols in key hotspot areas where more burglaries are more prevalent.

"In Olas' case, the team quickly pulled together the different pieces of the jigsaw puzzle to compile a solid case to present to the Crown Prosecution Service to secure charges against him.

"Olas is now set for an even lengthier spell in prison and I hope the passing of this custodial sentence will reassure the victim that justice has been served."