Elmsett gas engineer jailed after stealing sentimental items from customers across region, including Mildenhall and Felixstowe
A Suffolk gas engineer who stole 'irreplaceable' jewellery while working in homes across the east now faces a year and a half behind bars.
Gavin Seagar, of Aldham End in Elmsett, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to nine counts of theft.
The 43-year-old carried out the string of thefts across the eastern region in 2018 and 2019, while working as a gas engineer.
Seagar would make excuses to search other rooms for easily concealable items including jewellery and cash.
On one particular occasion, he stole an engagement ring from a woman in Ashford, Kent. The woman had the ring for more than 50 years and described it as a priceless as it was given to her by her late husband.
On another occasion in West Malling, Kent, Seagar stole more than £16,000 worth of jewellery from his victim, including rings bought for her by her husband who had also died a few years previously.
At a property in Middlesex, the 43-year-old stole a watch that had been purchased in 1966 while the victim was working for the merchant navy. The victim described it as irreplaceable.
Detective Constable Roland Philpin said: “Seagar used his position as a gas engineer to steal sentimental items from often elderly victims.
"This was not a one off opportunist crime, he persistently stole from people across the region while working for several different companies.
“Although this sentence cannot make up for the emotional distress Seagar has caused his victims, we hope that it will provide some comfort that he is now facing justice for his actions.”