Prolific burglar is jailed for four years

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:13 25 June 2018

Peter Smith has been jailed for prolific burglaries in Ely and Waterbeach.

Peter Smith has been jailed for prolific burglaries in Ely and Waterbeach.

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A prolific burglar has been jailed after admitting a spree of ten offences in Waterbeach and Ely earlier this year.

Peter Smith, 35, committed the offences during a three-week period in February, stealing jewellery, cash and bank cards.

Nine of the burglaries were in Waterbeach and one in Ely.

Sergeant Alex Dopadlik said: “Smith showed a complete disregard for others as he persistently stole from local people.

“Burglary can have a devastating impact on the victims, which is why tackling it is a priority for the constabulary. We are working hard to bring offenders like Smith to justice.”

A rucksack containing jewellery stolen in one of the burglaries was recovered from outside a property associated with Smith in Cambridge Road, Waterbeach.

When he was arrested, Smith was wearing a pair of rare Adidas trainers that matched footprints from a number of the burglary scenes.

Smith, of no fixed abode, had moved to the Waterbeach area a month earlier and this corresponded with a dramatic rise in burglaries in the village.

On Thursday (21 June) at Cambridge Crown Court Smith pleaded guilty to ten counts of burglary and was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison.

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