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Prolific burglar who admitted 50 offences across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and London, including eight Lowestoft break-ins, jailed for two-and-a-half years




A 29-year-old burglar who admitted more than 50 offences across the East of England, including breaking into a church, a restaurant and a football club in Lowestoft, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Aaron Crinnion, of no fixed abode, who also targeted premises in Essex, Norfolk and London, was sentenced to 876 days in prison when he appeared at Norwich Crown Court last Tuesday.

Crinnion had previously admitted burgling a house in Lowestoft's Love Road on Friday, October 2, when he forced the front door open and stole cash and a TV.

Aaron Crinnion. Picture: Suffolk Police
Aaron Crinnion. Picture: Suffolk Police

He also admitted three counts of burglary at business premises in Spitalfields, Norwich, which happened overnight between October 5 and 6 last year. He was given a nine-month prison sentence to run concurrently.

Crinnion was also given a further concurrent six-month sentence after pleading guilty to two thefts.

While on remand in prison for the Lowestoft burglary, Suffolk Police's Operation Converter team visited Crinnion and put more than 40 further offences to him - which included 10 in Suffolk, 11 in Essex and 25 in London.

He admitted these 46 additional offences and agreed to have them taken into consideration (TIC) by the court.

Nine of the Suffolk offences happened in Lowestoft between June and September last year - eight of these were burglaries at business or community premises, including a church, yacht club, football club, restaurant and wine bar.

A business premises in Stowmarket's Stowupland Road was also targeted in October last year.

Police officials said their work showed a 'borderless approach' to dealing with prolific crimes.

Det Con Barry Simpson, of the Operation Converter Team, said: "Following excellent work by DC Mark Ryczanowski at Lowestoft CID in securing the initial burglary charge and remand, the door was then opened to us to visit Crinnion in prison and put all the other offences to him.

"Through liaison with our colleagues in Norfolk, Essex and the Metropolitan Police, we were able to link and compile this significant number of offences together, which demonstrates a borderless approach to dealing with prolific criminality.

"As part of our enquiries in the Op Converter team, we explore where items of property that were stolen may have gone and efforts to recover these for the victims are always made. Unfortunately, no property was recovered on this occasion.

"The TIC process not only allows us to detect numerous other crimes - that otherwise might remain unsolved - and therefore bring some closure for the victims, it also works to improve the chances for the offender to rehabilitate and be able to leave prison with a clean slate.

"Aaron Crinnion has shown remorse for his crimes and I hope he uses his time in prison to reflect upon them and mend his ways when he is released.”

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