A man has been charged in connection with a string of burglaries across Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere.

Vasile Ganea, 31, is accused of seven break-ins which happened between June and the end of October this year.

Two were in Fern Way, Watford, on June 24, during which jewellery and foreign currency was stolen.

Another was in Maple Close, Bushey, two days later, which also saw jewellery taken along with cash.

Two more were in Old Common Road and Station Approach, Chorleywood, on August 26, and the others were in Cassiobury Park Road and Watford Road in Croxley Green on October 29.

Ganea, of West Hendon Broadway in London, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on October 31.

He pleaded guilty to the two October 29 break-ins, but not guilty to the remaining five counts, Herts Police have confirmed. He has been remanded into custody ahead of a trial at St Albans Crown Court on November 28.

Detective Inspector Dan Bhamra, who leads the Three Rivers local crime unit, said: “This is the third charge result we have secured in connection with unrelated burglary offences in less than two weeks, which I hope demonstrates our commitment to investigating and achieving positive outcomes for this type of crime.

“We understand how much of a negative impact burglary can have on its victims. It’s not just a financial loss, but the effect it can have on their mental health and feelings of security. Everybody has a right to feel safe in their own home.”

“Ganea was arrested after we received a call from a victim who had been notified by an app on their phone to movement inside their address in Croxley Green.”

DI Bhamra continued: “Officers attended and detained Ganea less than 10 minutes after the call came into police.

“This shows just how important it is to dial 999 as soon as you witness suspicious activity or suspect a crime may be in progress, as it means we can prioritise our attendance.

“We now wait for this case to progress through the justice system.”

Information can be reported to police via its website or non-emergency number 101.