Man jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to Red Lodge and Lakenheath crime spree
A man has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to a crime spree in Red Lodge and Lakenheath.
Anthony Vittles, of Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, was sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court after admitting to 10 thefts from vehicles.
The 45 year old was arrested by Suffolk Police in April on suspicion of stealing a Subaru Legacy in Lakenheath.
When he was charged with the theft, Vittles admitted to stealing from other vehicles in Red Lodge and Lakenheath between March 13 and April 26.
During his nearly two month long crime spree he stole a variety of items including sunglasses, cash, headphones, a mobile phone, and power tools.
He pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court on May 29. Today he was sentenced to 14 months for breaching a suspended sentence, imposed on February 22, and was handed a four month jail term for aggravated vehicle taking.
He was also banned from driving for 21 months.
After the sentencing, DC Barry Simpson of Suffolk Police's Operation Converter team said: "Vittles has taken responsibility for his offending, behaviour and lifestyle and is keen to make amends.
"He has shown remorse and a clear understanding that his actions were wrong with class A drugs appearing to be at the root of his offending.”
"I’d take this opportunity to remind motorists that valuables left on display in vehicles can also attract attention from thieves.
"Items such as sat navs or event sat nav mounts should be removed from inside vehicles.”
Operation Converter is an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes, of which Vittles engaged with.