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4 February 2013, 16:56
A man's been jailed for three years for stealing an estimated £12,000 worth of goods from homes across Suffolk.
A 30-year-old Adam Brunning, of Elmsley Way in Yoxford, was arrested in November 2012 in connection with a number of burglaries and was charged with three offences in Thorpeness.
He initially appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates Court on Monday 31 December charged with stealing TVs from two properties at The Whinlands in September 2012, and with stealing a TV from a home at The Whinlands between the end of July and beginning of August.
Behind the scenes Brunning had already been co-operating with Suffolk Police's Operation Converter team, who work to encourage offenders to admit their crimes, and he went on to admit these three burglaries and 27 other offences including 22 burglaries or attempted burglaries at home, two thefts, two frauds and one criminal damage.
The crimes happened between July 2009 to October 2012 and it's estimated that he stole more than £12,000 of property.
Among the crimes he admitted are - home burglaries in Aldeburgh in June 2011 and several in September 2012; burglaries in Benhall, Thorpeness, Peasenhall, Friston and Snape also in September 2012; burglaries at homes in Darsham in August 2009, July 2009 and May 2011; burglaries in Snape in August 2012, Sternfield in July 2012 and Theberton in April 2012 and a Leiston burglary in July 2009. He also admitted the theft of a battery and battery energiser from a field at Theberton and the theft of a trailer in Westleton, both in September 2012.
DC Fiona Keeble, of Suffolk Coastal CID, said he had been responsible for a spate of crimes including burglaries at holiday homes: "Brunning's prolific offending over the summer of 2012 brought a great deal of distress to a large number of innocent people, and many were repeat victims. As a local man he used his knowledge of the area to commit these crimes, and targeted a tourist industry that generates a great deal of income to the local economy.
"Tackling burglary is a key priority for Suffolk Police and we are committed to reducing the number of crimes and taking action against those responsible."