A man from Hemel Hempstead has been jailed along with 11 other men for committing high value and well-planned burglaries.
Paul Popeanu, 35, of Rossgate, pleaded guilty on February 17 and has been sentenced to three years and three months’ imprisonment.
The men, who were all Romanian nationals, formed a sophisticated criminal network and travelled to the United Kingdom to commit the crimes.
They have been sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on October 1 and October 2.
During one of the burglaries a large quantity of valuable, rare books of international cultural significance were stolen.
In other burglaries they stole quantities of small but high valued items, such as smartphones, laptops and tablet computers.
The court heard how the organised crime group (OCG), carried out their activities between December 2016 to April 2019.
They were responsible for 12 offences across the UK at various locations including Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, Feltham and Enfield.
Detective Inspector Andy Durham, who led the investigation, said: “These sentences bring a successful conclusion to a complicated three-year investigation, which identified and convicted a previously unknown Romanian Organised Crime Gang.”