A medical unit was left struggling to be able to transport patients for vital treatment after one of their drivers stole a number of vehicles during a break-in.
Lee Krotochwil, who worked as a driver at the Hamilton renal dialysis unit in Crest Drive, Leicester, carried out the burglary with his co-defendant Martin Faulkner in October last year.
The pair got into the unit during the early hours of 9 October using inside information to turn off the alarm.
Four vehicles, which were used to collect patients from their homes and transport them to the unit for vital dialysis treatment, were then stolen.
On 7th June, at Leicester Crown Court, both defendants were jailed for the offence after previously pleading guilty to burglary.
Krotochwil, 36, of Hollins Road, Leicester, and Faulkner, 33, of a different address in Hollins Road, Leicester, were both sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.
Other items stolen in the burglary included a computer hard drive, the unit’s CCTV system, heaters and a television.
Drawers and cupboards in the office had also been rummaged through with contents scattered across the floor while lockers belonging to staff members had also been pulled open and items stolen.
This included a satnav, a computer tablet, cash and tobacco.
During investigation, an extensive CCTV trawl was carried out in the area in which officers were able to gather evidence of key times and routes of the stolen vehicles.
Checks were also carried out on the vehicle used in the burglary, a Honda Civic, which showed Faulkner had bought the vehicle two days before the crime.
Analysis of phone data also linked both defendants to the scene of the crime.
Following a warrant being issued Faulkner and Krotochwil were both arrested. They denied being involved in the offence but both pleaded guilty when they previously appeared at court in May.
Two of the stolen vehicles were recovered during the investigation.
Detective Sergeant Jason Fell said:
“This was a devastating crime not only for staff at the unit but also for the patients who rely on its services for vital treatment.
“Krotochwil and Faulkner had no concern for anyone as they carried out the burglary purely for their own gain.
“This is despite Krotochwil working for the unit at the time – therefore stealing from his own colleagues and from the patients he will have had contact with.
“Both defendants took steps to try and cover their tracks from police, including stealing the unit’s CCTV system, but extensive investigative work gave them no other choice but to admit their crime when they were brought to court.
“My thanks go to the investigation team as well as to the victims of this crime whose co-operation helped us massively in this investigation.
“I wish all staff at the unit well and hope this result provides some form of closure for them as they continue with their life-saving work.”