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Jail for man who went on burglary spree

8 Jun 2021

A man who went on a burglary spree – breaking into 13 properties in six weeks – has been jailed.

Stuart Driver, 47, stole cash, jewellery, bank cards, a laptop, and silverware in the crimes between 2 July and 14 August 2018.

It started on 2 July, when Driver forced open a living room window at a home in Bourn, near Cambridge, and stole jewellery from a bedroom before making off on a motorbike.

Further burglaries took place on:

  • 3 July in Great Gransden, Bedfordshire, where a safe and jewellery were stolen.
  • 30 July, in Cottenham, where he forced open a bathroom window and stole some jewellery.
  • 8 August, in Thetford, Norfolk, two in East Harling and one in Diss, Suffolk. Silverware, small change, bank cards, a laptop, documents and jewellery were stolen.

Police inquiries uncovered CCTV and dashcam footage of Driver at the crime scenes on a motorbike.

Driver was arrested on 14 August that year and stolen items were also recovered from his house.

In March 2019, he was jailed for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of six burglaries that took place on 13 and 14 of August, 2018.

And on Wednesday of last week (2 June), Driver, of Thomas Road, Fulbourn, was jailed for a further three-and-a-half years at Peterborough Crown Court after admitting seven charges of burglary and two of handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing.

He is currently serving the former sentence and the second will commence when the other one ends.

Detective Sergeant James Rabbett, investigating said: “Driver is a prolific burglar who had no remorse for the victims and refused to engage with police and we were determined to bring him to justice.

“He would often use garden tools to break into homes so I would urge people to ensure their sheds and outbuildings are properly secure as well.”

Advice on how to best protect your home from burglars can be found here

Anyone with information about burglary should call police on 101 or visit www.cambs.police.uk/report . Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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