TV thief jailed for 'distressing' crime

By Ellen Kirwin

A man has been sent to prison for breaking into a home and stealing a TV.

Robin Vasko broke into an house on Salisbury Road and helped himself to television in April 2021.

The 32-year-old, of Cranborne Road, Wavertree, was later arrested by police in July following an investigation.

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Today Vasko has been sentenced to 32 months in prison at Liverpool crown court.

Detective constable Pete Murphy from Operation Castle said: "It is pleasing to see Vasko being sentenced and shows our commitment to investigating and bringing to justice those who invade the homes of people in all of our communities.

"We understand that burglary often has a massive and long-lasting impact on victims.

"It can be a really personal and invasive crime and victims can struggle to come to terms with offenders having entered their homes and stolen personal items.

"Hopefully Vasko being identified and dealt with is of some comfort to the victim in this case."

The sentencing of Vasko is part of Operation Castle, Merseyside police's dedicated burglary team working to crack down on the 'distressing' crimes.

DC Murphy added: "Operation Castle is a dedicated team of detectives and we’ve seen more than 500 years in prison handed out to suspects since we launched in 2018.

"Every sentence handed down makes the communities of Merseyside and beyond safer from the harm, distress and inconvenience that burglary brings.

"Key to these successes can often be information from those communities being targeted, so I would continue to ask people to report anything suspicious, and come forward with any information you may have seen or heard.

"Consider investing in doorbell technology or other security devices too, as this can prove an effective deterrent and prevent your home being an easy target for opportunist burglars. More advice can be found on our website."

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