Teenager sentenced for two burglaries in Stowmarket

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A 16-year-old teenager has been sentenced to eight months in a young offenders institution after two burglaries in Stowmarket.

The boy from Ringshall, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two burglaries in Bond Street on February 19 where a digital camera, iPad, keys and cash were stolen and between February 14 and 19 where a floodlight and an iPhone were stolen.

The teenager was sentenced yesterday at Bury St Edmunds youth court.

The sentence also takes into consideration 14 additional offences - 13 burglaries in Bond Street, Temple Road, Lockington Crescent, Beech Terrace and Bury Road and one criminal damage to a greenhouse in Lockington Crescent which all happened in Stowmarket between February 14 and 19.

These have resulted from the work of the Suffolk Constabulary’s Operation Converter team, which works to encourage offenders to admit their crimes that are then taken into consideration at sentencing.

The scheme aims to give victims of crime some peace of mind that the culprits have been caught and gives offenders a chance to clear their slate so they can have a fresh start when they are released.

If they go on to commit further crimes they may face a harsher sentence.

Mid Suffolk Local Policing Commander Inspector Tristan Pepper said: “This teenage boy caused a local community an immense amount of distress and misery by focussing on a number of nearby streets over an intense week period.

“It makes it worse that he is only 16-years-old.

“Tackling burglary is a key priority for Suffolk Police and we are committed to reducing the number of crimes and taking positive action against those responsible.”