A 40-year-old man has been jailed after committing a number of offences in Bury St Edmunds.
Scott Chesney, (pictured above) of no fixed address, appeared before Norwich Crown Court on Thursday, October 17, where he was sentenced to 44 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two burglaries and an attempted burglary.
Chesney was charged on Wednesday, September 11, in connection with the following three incidents.
Between Monday and Tuesday, September 9 and 10, an iPad, a quantity of jewellery and various electronic items were stolen from two properties in Westley Road. An attempted burglary also took place at a property in Out Risbygate but nothing was stolen.
Between Chesney’s arrest and sentencing, he chose to work with Suffolk Police’s Operation Converter Team and went on to admit five further offences including two burglaries, theft from a motor vehicle, theft and criminal damage. All the offences occurred within the Bury St Edmunds area between April and September this year.
Chesney was ordered to pay a victim’s surcharge of £181.
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.