A man has been sentenced to 40 months in a young offender’s institute after his involvement in a string of burglaries, predominately in Lowestoft.
Wesley Spring, (pictured above) of the High Street, in Newmarket, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, June 16.
In February this year the 19-year-old was charged with two burglaries dwellings, one burglary from another building and a dangerous driving offence.
It follows his arrest in Lowestoft on February 27 for theft of a motor vehicle from the Newmarket area the previous day. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Lacetti, was seen driving in Ipswich and stopped by police in Lowestoft. He was also further arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
He was subsequently charged and during the subsequent investigation, Spring engaged with the Op Converter team to secure a further offences that were taken Into consideration, which included offending that occurred across the county. These were a total of 27 other offences and included 21 incidents of attempted burglaries or burglaries from dwellings, three thefts from motor vehicles, one burglary other building and two incidents of thefts of motor vehicles.
These include the theft of a Ford Galaxy from a property on Mount Pleasant, in Lowestoft, in February, and 22 other Lowestoft based offences.
Elsewhere, a Ford Fiesta was taken in a burglary in Tranmere Grove, in Ipswich, on December 13, 2018; an incident of assault on Ancaster Road, in Ipswich, on May 26, 2017; and theft of a Ford Mondeo on Marina Parade, in Great Yarmouth, in late October/early November 2020.
All of the offences took place across the county from May 26, 2017, to February 16, 2021, with nearly £80,000 worth of goods stolen in the incidents with around £70,000 worth of goods now recovered.
Working with Spring allowed the officers to return stolen property to victims, including much needed medication and personal items of jewellery that would probably not have been found without his assistance.
Duncan Etchells, from the Op Converter team, said: “Spring’s four-years of criminal activity caused much heartbreak and despair for many people – such burglaries are extremely intrusive and upsetting for the victims and can cause long term distress. However, we hope the fact we have secured this conviction will give some closure to those he targeted. This sentence will give him plenty of time to reflect on his actions and the misery he caused.”
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.