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Prolific burglar jailed for five and a half years for string of break-ins at homes in Ipswich and Stowmarket

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An Ipswich man has been jailed for five and a half years after being convicted of a string of burglaries across Ipswich and Stowmarket which often targeted elderly people's homes.

Sorin-Marian Constantin, 26, of Ashcroft Road, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, December 18 when he was handed the jail sentence.

Constantin had previously been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to 18 burglaries that spanned from October 2018 to November 2019 at a court appearance in January of this year.

Sorin-Marian Constantin. Picture: Suffolk Police
Sorin-Marian Constantin. Picture: Suffolk Police

He was interviewed in March of this year after police found new forensic evidence in relation to 19 further burglaries committed across Ipswich during the same period in 2018 and 2019.

Constantin pleaded guilty to these 19 burglaries, along with 11 further offences he voluntarily admitted as part of Operation Converter – an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes.

Nine of these happened at residential properties in Ipswich, while another two took place in Stowmarket between October 30, 2018 and November 1, 2019, when cash, jewellery and high value electrical goods were stolen.

The five and a half year sentence he received on December 18 will run concurrently with the six-year sentence he received in January.

Police said many of the break-ins took place at elderly people's homes.

Investigating officer Det Con Iain Forbes from Ipswich CID said: "There was some further great forensic work that prompted these further charges against Constantin following the initial offences that he was convicted of back in January this year.

"I hope these latest convictions will bring some closure for the victims who faced considerable distress when they realised they had fallen prey to his evil deeds.

"Burglary is a clear invasion of people’s homes and Sorin’s prolific criminality and actions were extremely upsetting and distressing for all his victims, many of whom are elderly."

Det Con Barry Simpson from the Operation Converter TIC Unit added: "This result just demonstrates what a great asset Op Converter is as it is geared at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes and gives victims some peace of mind that an offender has been caught for the burglary.

"To see him get convicted is of great satisfaction and a sentence that reflects the overall hard work that was put in to see him behind bars.”

A police spokesman said Operation Converter has benefits for all – giving victims peace of mind that an offender has been identified for the crime that affected them, the perpetrator 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.

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