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Walthamstow thief who stole £100,000 worth of goods jailed

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A thief who was found with more than £100,000 worth of items he stole from bars in central London has been jailed.

Katien Rejise, 39, of Penrhyn Grove, Walthamstow, was caught with 48 mobile phones, 33 laptops and tablets, six pairs of Apple Airpods, two Rolex and Tag Heuer watches, and 34 other stolen goods, including wallets and bank cards.

He was jailed for 20 weeks just 48 hours after being arrested by police who raided his home earlier this month.

Rejise was arrested on May 16 on suspicion of theft from a bar in the City of London and when police searched his home, they discovered the haul of stolen goods.

As well as the stash of items in the property, officers found another 29 mobile phones hidden in a chest of drawers in the back garden.

It is believed the goods seized from Rejise’s address were worth over £100,000 in all, according to City of London Police.

During his interview with detectives, Rejise claimed the electronics and jewellery belonged to his roommate who repaired laptops and mobile phones.

When asked why the items were being stored in his wardrobes Rejise refused to answer, police said.

At Westminster Magistrates Court on May 18, Rejise was jailed for 20 weeks after pleading guilty to six counts of handling stolen goods.

Detective Sergeant Gary Moore, from the City of London Police, said: “Rejise could not provide a realistic explanation as to why he had all these stolen goods in his possession, which ultimately has landed him with a prison sentence.

“This case should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with stealing or handling stolen goods – that officers will find you and you will be brought to justice.”

He added: “If you’re enjoying after work drinks, try to leave any valuables in a work locker or secure place.

“If you do have to take these items with you, keep them close by and don’t leave anything unattended.”

Police are still trying to track down the rightful owners of the stolen goods to reunite them with their possessions.

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