A man has been jailed for over five years after a string of offences including one in Hawstead.
Matthew Greenaway, of Petersfield Gardens, in Luton, appeared at Luton Crown Court on Thursday, September 23, where he was jailed for five years, two months.
The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of burglary that all took place in Luton on April 12.
Following his arrest on April 19 and charged on April 20 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 April 16 and 16.
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.