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A man who admitted thefts and burglaries in Norfolk and Suffolk where he took property worth nearly 30 thousand pounds has been jailed.
A man who admitted 56 offences in Norfolk and Suffolk, including thefts and burglaries where property worth a total of over £28,000 was stolen, has been jailed for 18 months.
Matthew Eke, 35, formerly of Tayfen Road in Bury St Edmunds, admitted offences including a burglary at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral on Wednesday 21 September, where a charity box was smashed and donations stolen.
Eke was arrested by police on September 28 in connection with a burglary at business premises at Angel Hill in Bury on the evening of Sunday 25 September. He was charged with this offence and went on to co-operate with police officers on Operation Converter - an initiative by Suffolk Police which encourages offenders to admit offences in order to give their victims some peace of mind.
One of his 'taken into consideration' offences, which date back more than ten years, was a theft of a charity box from the Cathedral in 2009.
In total Eke admitted 21 burglaries of 'other' buildings (not occupied homes), 32 thefts, two criminal damages and a theft from motor vehicle offence. Twenty six of the crimes were in Suffolk and 30 in Norfolk - many of them burglaries and thefts from shops in the Great Yarmouth area.
The Suffolk offences included:
Dc Duncan Etchells, of the Operation Converter team, said he hope the result would give Eke's victims some closure.
"These offences affected a lot of people over a period of years - from those at the Cathedral and schools who had to deal with the loss and clearing up after Eke to those individuals who were victims of thefts. We are pleased he decided to co-operate with us in order to give his victims some peace of mind that someone has been traced and dealt with for these crimes - in some cases years after the original offence."-->-->