A burglar who rifled through people’s letter boxes stole bank cards, a Chelsea FC membership card and tickets to Royal Ascot. 

Between May and October, residents at a block of flats in Woking noticed that their letters had gone missing. 

When police checked CCTV they saw a man entering the building, opening letter boxes with a master key and taking post. 

Vassim Aslam, 51, of Florence Road, Haringey, was identified as the culprit and was arrested in November. 

When he was arrested officers found two bank cards, all in different names and addresses, as well as £1,765 in cash. 

Inside his vehicle and home officers found more racing tickets as well as letters and bank cards in other people’s names from addresses across London and Surrey. 

Aslam pleading guilty to 12 counts of burglary, one count of perverting the course of justice and one count of going equipped. 

He has now been jailed for four years and nine months. 

Vassim AslamVassim Aslam (Image: Surrey Police) Investigating officer PC Iona King, from Surrey Police, said: “We are aware the impact burglaries and fraud can have one our communities and we will continue to be robust in our approach to tackling such criminality. 

“The team worked really hard to secure the evidence required to prove Vassim Aslam’s criminality not just in Surrey, but also London, and ensure he was brought to justice. 

“Particular mention must go to PC Tom Hinch for his role in driving this investigation and identifying the scale of Mr Aslan’s offending. 

“We would also like to thank the members of the public who provided information about Aslam’s offending – we would not have been able to put our case together without it.”