Jailed thief admits almost 200 crimes

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CAREER criminal Barrie Massey helped police solve almost 200 crimes to ‘wipe the slate clean’ as he was jailed for four-and-a-half years on Friday.

Massey, 30, stole nearly £90,000 of property to fund a long-term heroin addiction and pleaded guilty to burgling a house in Clay Road, Bury St Edmunds, and asked for 198 other offences to be taken into consideration.

Massey had also admitted three offences involving thefts from parked cars in Brandon seven years ago.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the Bury St Edmunds break-in happened in July and Massey, who gained access through an insecure window, stole property worth £700.

None of it has ever been recovered.

After his arrest, Massey provided police with details of 198 offences –nine burglaries and 189 thefts from vehicles – which he had committed between 1999 and 2006 and involving almost £90,000 worth of property.

Jailing him, Judge Peter Fenn told Massey he was a ‘career thief’ but gave him credit for the help given police to solve a large number of previously unsolved crimes.

He described Massey’s offending as a ‘massive amount of criminal conduct.’