officers found the clothes he was identified as wearing
Shaan Oppal, aged 34, of Radford, Nottingham, has been jailed for two years and eight months after he stole bank cards belonging to a student and used them to make several transactions.
Nottinghamshire Crown Court heard he spent almost £150 using the bank cards.
Oppal broke into a student property in Johnson Road, Lenton, between 11 pm on December 4 and 2 am on December 5, 2019.
While inside the property, he stole two bank cards as well as other items.
Following the robbery, Oppal left the property and fled the scene.
The victim found out about the theft when she checked her bank account. She noticed that five separate transactions amounting to £145 had been made on her account fraudulently.
Nottinghamshire Police were informed and they subsequently launched an investigation.
Officers obtained CCTV footage from a supermarket in Alfreton Road, Radford.
The footage showed Oppal entering the shop at 5:44 am on December 5, 2019, and making a contactless card transaction.
He was wearing a green hooded top with three white stripes down the arms and a light blue hooded top underneath.
Officers identified Oppal as the suspect and he was arrested on Christmas Day at his home in Alfreton Road. A subsequent search was carried out and officers found the clothes he was identified as wearing in the CCTV footage. They were seized.
Oppal was charged with burglary and fraud. At Nottinghamshire Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to the offences.
Detective Constable Robert Palethorpe, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:
“Burglary is not something we tolerate and I am pleased to see that Oppal has been jailed for his actions.”
“It was upsetting for the victims to know someone had been in their house especially knowing that they had left the house secure and losing money so close to Christmas is distressing.
“I want to reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we are committed to pursuing those suspected to be committing burglaries and remain dedicated to catching those responsible.”
Oppal was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
There have been numerous cases of students being victims of crimes.
In one case, three men were jailed for kidnapping a student and forcing him to steal from his own family.
Brothers Ibrahim and Hassan Rauf kidnapped the student after Ibrahim lured him to a shop on the pretence of feeling faint and needing help on May 8, 2019.
The teenager was then forced into a Ford Fiesta where he was repeatedly punched and had his phone stolen.
He was later driven to his own home and forced him to help another unknown accomplice steal a camera, Asian gold and £2,000 in cash.
The victim and Ibrahim were students at the same college.
On April 19, 2019, they were victims of a knife-point robbery by masked men who stole their phones.
However, Hassan “erroneously” suspected that the victim had set the robbery up and came up with a plan to get revenge. He subsequently recruited his brother and Hamza Yusuf.
Two weeks after the abduction, police arrested the brothers at their home. They also seized CCTV showing Yusuf’s role in the kidnap and assault.
The kidnappers were found guilty of kidnap. Ibrahim was found guilty of a further charge of robbery while Hassan was found guilty of further charges of robbery and conspiracy to burgle.
Ibrahim, aged 18, of Yardley, was jailed for four years.
Hamza, aged 24, of Moseley, was jailed for six years.
Hassan, aged 22, of Yardley, has a warrant out for his arrest after failing to appear at court. He was sentenced in his absence to nine years.