A man who stole wrapped Christmas presents and bottles of wine from an Ipswich home in December has been jailed for nearly four years.
Terry Evans, 41, of Beaconsfield Road, pleaded guilty to three offenses and was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court last Friday (4 February).
He was identified as a suspect in connection with two attempted burglaries and a burglary in the city in early December thanks to CCTV footage, then was spotted in hospital by officers the next day.
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The three offenses took place on Monday December 6 and the first two took place at properties in Christchurch Street and Constable Road.
Evans, who has a previous burglary conviction, attempted to enter both houses but disturbed the residents, causing him to flee.
The third house was in Westerfield Road, where he smashed a window and broke into a house where he stole wrapped Christmas gifts, bottles of wine and a laptop.
During the burglary, Evans caused “significant damage” to the home.
He was identified as a suspect by CCTV and in the early hours of the following morning he was spotted by police at Ipswich Hospital, where he was seeking treatment.
The one he had been arrested at the hospital, his home was searched and officers found a number of stolen items and then he was charged.
Detective Constable Damian Richer, from South CID in Ipswich, explained how teamwork between three CID teams and digital officers led to Evans’ conviction.
“A CCTV trawl from the crime scene, to the area where the stolen items were found, was essential,” he said.
“Crime scene investigators worked hard raiding the property where stolen items were found, and it paid off as a fingerprint was found on one of the items.
“They also had success with a shoe print at the Westerfield Road address. All of these factors helped strengthen the case, eventually seeing Terry Evans change his guilty plea.
“I have seen for myself the destruction he caused to the Westerfield Road address and the impact it continues to have on the victim.
“Evans has previous convictions for burglary offenses and that was reflected in the lengthy sentence.”
The 41-year-old was convicted in Crown Court last week, where he was sentenced to 45 months in prison.
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