Man jailed for using second hand car advert to lure robbery victims to Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 13:54 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:36 30 April 2014
A 56-year-old man has been jailed for seven years for conspiracy to rob after he lured a couple from Manchester to Norfolk under the false pretence he was selling a car.
Remzi Krasnici of Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday for conspiracy to rob.
He had posted an advert for a black Audi A4 TDI online and then, when a 29-year-old man and his 22-year-old wife arrived in Caister to buy it, he robbed them and threatened them with a knife and a poker.
Krasnici had broken into the house in Castle Lane, West Caister, where he had arranged to meet the victim in February 2012, and the vehicle pictured in the Gumtree advert was actually registered to an address in Norwich and had been photographed while it was parked in the Yarmouth area where the owner worked.
Speaking after the week-long trial ended detective sergeant Chris Burgess, who led the investigation, said: “This was clearly a well organised crime carried out in a rural part of the county and which caused a great deal of concern within the local community.
“Following numerous leads we were able to prove Krasnici had played an integral part in the organisation of the robbery which left the victim not only heavily out of pocket but feeling traumatised for many months afterwards.
“The victim’s wife, who was present during the robbery, was also led to believe her husband was going to be stabbed.”
Kosovan born Krasnici was sentenced by Judge Anthony Bate, who also made a recommendation for deportation.