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"Prolific thief" who stole from vehicles across East Anglia jailed

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A "prolific thief" who stole from vehicles across Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and was connected to a total of 65 offences, has been hailed for three years.

It's after an Essex Police investigation was launched, after the Force received a large volume of reported vehicle break-ins between September and October 2019.

These incidents were then linked to further break-ins in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Jason Connors, 24, of Tamar Way in Slough was arrested at the South Mimms service station on 3 September and then arrested near to the A12 at Boredom on 4 October.

Both times, several power tools were found in the vehicle Connors was in and the second occasion, the vehicle was found to be using false number plates.

Connors was subsequently charged with conspiracy to steal and also failure to provide a specimen and driving while disqualified.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and banned from driving for 21 months, following a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on 25 June.

Detective Sergeant Leila Sandford, from Braintree CID, said:

“We know the impact have items stolen from your vehicle can have, particularly if they’re things like tools which you need to work.

“Jason Connors has no respect for other people’s possessions.

“He is a prolific thief who’s actions have caused misery to those members of our communities whose vehicles he broke into.

“This conviction and sentencing is the result of a lot of hard work across the Criminal Investigation Department and the Community Policing Team.

“I would also like to thank the members of the public who have provided statements which have been important to securing this result.”

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