Man jailed for five years for burglary offences
A man has been jailed for over five years after a string of offences including one in Hawstead near Bury St Edmunds.
Matthew Greenaway of Petersfield Gardens of Luton in Bedfordshire and aged 50, appeared at Luton Crown Court on Thursday 23 September where he was jailed for five years, two months.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary that all took place in Luton on 12 April 2021.
Following his arrest on 19 April and charge on 20 April to the four offences, he chose to engage with Suffolk police’s Operation Converter team. This saw a further nine offences of burglary admitted to and taken into consideration. In three cases the burglaries involved the theft of car keys and vehicles, including one incident that took place at The Pound in Hawstead overnight between 15 April and 16 April this year. An Audi TT was stolen as were items of jewellery, with the vehicle located in Luton after being spotted by officers from Bedfordshire police. The victim was able to have her vehicle returned to her.
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.