Burwell man, 19, sentenced after more than 30 thefts and burglaries in West Suffolk
A 19-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence after he stole thousands of pounds worth of goods.
Joseph Cousins, of Burling Way, in Cambridgeshire village Burwell, targeted west Suffolk and parts of Norfolk in his numerous offences.
He was sentenced at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday (January 7) to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, following more than 30 offences - all committed last year.
This included 28 thefts from motor vehicles, all between September 13 and 19, as well as burglary at a property of Bilberry Close in Red Lodge - where several drills, saws, a socket set and a pressure washer were stolen.
Other items stolen by Cousins over the numerous offences included sunglasses, sportswear, shoes, a Dell laptop, power tools and satellite navigation system.
Suffolk Police said what he stole totalled £4,700 and that he also targeted Norfolk villages Feltwell and Weeting.
Detective Constable Duncan Etchells said: "Cousins is a determined individual whose prolific criminality caused his victims great distress.
"Burglary and theft from vehicles is a clear invasion of people’s homes and vehicles and can be very upsetting and distressing for the victims.”
DC Etchells praised the effectiveness of Operation Converter, a scheme by which police encourage offenders to admit their crimes.
He added: "It means police are able to give victims some peace of mind that an offender has been caught. And the individual has the opportunity to clear their slate so they can have a fresh start when they are released from prison."