Bury man jailed for theft from vehicles
A 45 year old man from has been jailed for 18 months after being sentenced for a string of motor vehicle crimes.
Anthony Vittles of Brentgovel Street in Bury St. Edmunds was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday 3 July after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
He was initially arrested on 25 April 2019 on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle – a Subaru Legacy from Lakenheath which had taken the previous day and subsequently charged.
Following these charges he then engaged with the Operation Converter team and went on to admit a further 10 offences that took place between 13 March 2018 and 26 April 2019. These included various incidents of thefts from vehicles in the Red Lodge and Lakenheath areas, stealing a variety of items including sunglasses, cash, headphones and a mobile phone. Another offence was burglary of a building where power tools were stolen in Lakenheath and two incidents of attempted theft from vehicles in Red Lodge.
At Ipswich Crown court on 29 May he pleaded guilty to these offences and was sentenced to 14 months for breach of a suspended sentence, imposed on 22 February this year and a four month jail term for aggravated vehicle taking. He was also banned from driving for 21 months.
DC Barry Simpson from the Op Converter team said: "Vittles has taken responsibility for his offending, behaviour and lifestyle and is keen to make amends. He has shown remorse and a clear understanding that his actions were wrong with class A drugs appearing to be at the root of his offending.”
"I’d take this opportunity to remind motorists that valuables left on display in vehicles can also attract attention from thieves. Items such as sat navs or event sat nav mounts should be removed from inside vehicles.”
Motorists are advised to take the following security measures:
•Leave vehicles locked and secure at all times – even if left unattended for only a minute.
•Remove all valuables and personal belongings from the vehicle entirely.
•Audio equipment, sat navs, mobile phones, laptops and handbags are particularly sought after – remove evidence of these from your vehicle when out and about or even overnight.
•Property mark your valuables so if they are stolen, they can be more easily traced if recovered
Operation Converter is an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes. This has benefits for all – police are able to give victims some peace of mind that an offender has been caught for the burglary of their home or the theft of their property and the individual has the opportunity to clear their slate so they can have a fresh start when they are released from prison, without the possibility they will later be traced for a further offence. Offenders have to give sufficient detail for officers to be sure they have committed the crime and these offences are then ‘taken into consideration’ at sentencing.