Ipswich – Man sentenced after burglaries
A 29-year-old man has been jailed after committing a number of burglaries in Ipswich and surrounding villages.
Luke Stuttard, of Hogarth Road, Ipswich, was convicted today, Friday 29 March, at Ipswich Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. He was given a five year custodial sentence and was ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
It follows an incident during the evening of Sunday 13 January this year, when a property in Medway Road was broken into. A rear glass patio door was smashed and a set of keys were stolen from within.
Stuttard was arrested on Thursday 24 January in connection with the incident and was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning by detectives and was subsequently charged on Friday 25 January with burglary.
Between being charged and being dealt with at court, Stuttard chose to work with officers from Suffolk police’s Operation Converter team and went on to admit 12 other offences. They were believed to have taken place between 3 January 2019 and 23 January 2019. These included nine burglary dwellings and three burglary other buildings. Over £60,000 worth of items were stolen and in the region of £14,000 worth of damage was caused.
During one of the burglaries, on Friday 18 January, in Sandringham Close, Ipswich, a property was broken into and a door was smashed. A number of items were stolen including a set of car keys, a white Ford Fiesta as well as a TV and jewellery.
Another property in Brookview, Belstead, was also broken into on Thursday 17 January, and a number of items were stolen including jewellery, a set of car keys and a Mercedes E220.
DC Duncan Etchells from the Operation Converter team said: "Burglary is a clear invasion of people’s homes and their personal space and it can be very upsetting and distressing for the victims. Hopefully, this sentence given in this case will provide some peace of mind to Stuttard’s victims and also act as a deterrent to other would-be burglars.”
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. The judge will look at all the offences before determining the sentence.