Burglar who committed over 100 offences jailed for 28 months
A 32 year old man from Ipswich has been jailed for 28 months after being sentenced for over 100 offences.
Darren Grimwood of Bishops Hill in Ipswich was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 10 May after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
Following his arrest he was charged on 23 December 2018 with three burglary ‘other building’ offences that took place in Ipswich between 28 September and 12 October last year.
In addition, in April this year he was also charged with two additional ‘burglary other building’ offences in Ipswich.
Between his arrest and his sentencing, Grimwood chose to work with officers from Suffolk Police’s Operation Converter team and went on to admit 109 other offences, including 106 burglaries or attempted burglaries that took place mainly from garden sheds and garages, two thefts and one incident of criminal damage to a motor vehicle.
The burglary offences took place between 10 July 2018 and 19 February 2019. These were mainly garden sheds but also include two school burglaries at Heath Primary School on Bell Lane in Kesgrave and Kesgrave High on Main Road in Kesgrave.
It is estimated he stole over £13,600 worth of goods causing over £1000 worth of damage. The vast majority of items stolen were power tools, but he also took electrical goods, frozen food and pedal cycles. On one burglary he committed power tools worth in the region of £900 were stolen on 14 December 2018 from a premises on Dereham Road and £440 worth of power tools were stolen on 28 December from another property on Dereham Road. Additionally, a £4000 pedal bike was stolen from a property on Essex Way on October 5 2018. He returned to one address in Felixstowe Road on four occasions but the local community including neighbours, the local PCSO Emma Billett and Sainsbury’s rallied round the elderly victim and ensured she received a food hamper and necessary crime prevention advice.
DC Duncan Etchells said: "Grimwood was a habitual and prolific offender whose actions caused great misery and distress for his victims mainly in the Holywells area of Ipswich. Not only did these people suffer the shock of finding their premises ransacked and damaged but they also had to arrange for replacement items to be bought. To see Grimwood put away for 28 months will hopefully give his victims some source of comfort.”
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. I am pleased to see that the courts have taken into account Darren Grimwood’s efforts to work with police regarding these offences before determining his sentence.