Prolific burglar is jailed for four years

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

Peter Smith has been jailed for prolific burglaries in Ely and Waterbeach. - Credit: Archant

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.”


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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.

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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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