Two men dubbed the “pillowcase burglars” and responsible for a string of burglaries across Norwich, have been ordered to pay back cash recovered following their arrest – or face more time in jail.

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David Page, 35, of Russell Street, Norwich, was jailed for four years and Allen Turner, 36, of Glenn Road, Poringland, was jailed for five years and four months, for the burglaries when they appeared at Norwich Crown Court, in May, this year. They were called the “pillowcase” burglars as they often took stolen items away in pillowcases.

There was a further hearing on Friday at the crown court to confiscate any assets seized by police.

Turner was told he must sell his car, said to be worth about £4,250 and also pay the £65 cash, which was found on him at the time of his arrest. He was given three months to pay and told that he must serve two months in jail in default of the payment.

Turner, who did not attend the hearing, but was represented by his lawyer, was told he must hand over the £101 which was seized on his arrest and serve seven days in default of any payment.

The burglars targeted homes where the owners were either on holiday or away for the day and took jewellery and other high value items away in pillowcases.

At the time, Turner admitted his involvement in 18 burglaries and Page admitted being at three of the burglaries and also acting as a driver for some of the break-ins.

The two men were arrested after police investigated a string of break-ins in Norwich and surrounding areas, including Old Costessey, Ashby St Mary and Lenwade.

At one break-in at Brooke, items worth £15,000 were taken and during another break-in at North Walsham, valuables worth more than £27,000 were stolen.

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