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Thetford man whose crime spree across Suffolk and Norfolk saw him steal more than £13,000 worth of goods is jailed



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A 'prolific night-time burglar' who admitted a crime spree which saw him break into numerous businesses and homes across Suffolk has been jailed.

Michael Shrigley, 39, pleaded guilty to a series of criminal offences, which saw him steal more than £13,000 worth of cash or goods and cause £2,100 worth of damage.

Shrigley, of no fixed abode but from the Thetford area, admitted three charges of handling stolen goods, dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, going equipped for theft offences and fraud by false representation.

Michael Shrigley. Picture: Suffolk Police
Michael Shrigley. Picture: Suffolk Police

He also admitted five counts of theft from motor vehicles and four commercial burglaries, and was jailed for four years and three months when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday..

Once Shrigley had been charged, the police's Operation Converter team worked with him and he admitted a further nine offences that took place across Suffolk and Norfolk.

These included four burglaries at The Works premises in Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Dereham and Thetford in January and February 2020, when quantities of cash were stolen.

He also fraudulently used a credit card at JD Sports in Bury St Edmunds to purchase £790 worth of items on December 21, 2020.

And there were two theft incidents on December 19 at Sainsbury's and B&M, and he broke into a home in Lakenheath, stealing a high-value bicycle as well as three other cycles and tools.

There was also a second incident in the town during which he stole cash from a vehicle.

Duncan Etchells, from the Operation Converter team, said: “Shrigley was a prolific night-time burglar who preyed on residential and business properties and his actions caused misery, distress and upset for his victims.

"Whilst he was on remand he made the nine admissions. This process will allow him to be released from prison at the end of his sentence with a clean slate and it also provides a positive outcome to his victims.”

Operation Converter is an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes.

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