Vandals could face jail for ‘horrendous’ crime spree through Bury St Edmunds

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Two vandals have been warned they could face jail after causing thousands of pounds of damage during a ‘horrendous’ crime spree through Bury St Edmunds.

A court heard Ty Chaplin, of Hanmer Walk, Bury, and Jonathan Glenister, of Ruffles Road, Haverhill, were carrying axes and had blood on their hands when they were stopped by police in March last year.

The pair, who are both aged 20, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of criminal damage, theft from a vehicle and possession of criminal property at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Chaplin also pleaded guilty to theft by employee after Lottery scratch cards turned up during a police search of his home.

Prosecuting, Colette Harper said the pair had walked through Bury on the night of March 3 smashing car windscreens and windows of properties in the town.

Among properties damaged were the Old Cannon Brewery and Dog and Partridge pub.

She said that when the pair were stopped by police they had blood on their hands and were carrying axes and stolen car badges.

Mrs Harper was unable to give an exact total for the repair bill, but said Chaplin had been responsible for causing more than £2,880 damage and Glenister more than £1,930.

“A large number of people were affected in relation to this,” she said.

Presiding magistrate Ken Turner said the pair had left a ‘horrendous trail of vandalism’.

He requested full pre-sentence reports from the Probation Service on both men.

“These are ‘all options’ reports so will include prison,” he warned.

Chaplin and Glenister were released on unconditional bail until Friday, March 27, when they are due to be sentenced.