Woman accused of being involved in string of burglaries in Sudbury area

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A woman accused of involvement in a string of burglaries in the Sudbury area has gone on trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Jennifer Durrell, formerly of Lower Reeve, Great Cornard and now of South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

Durrell, 29, had been caught with items in her home that had been taken during the burglaries, it has been alleged.

Prosecuting, Russell Butcher said eleven burglaries had been committed between September 15, and September 22, last year.

The jury heard that properties in Sudbury, Great Cornard, Long Melford and Clare had been raided.

Mr Butcher said that homes had been searched by intruders who stole items including jewellery.

The court heard that Durrell was arrested on September 23, while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car which also contained two men.

Police searched the car and found stolen jewellery in the back and in a storage pocket, said Mr Butcher.

A subsequent search at Durrell’s home in Great Cornard uncovered in a shed a crystal decanter and other glassware that is alleged to have come from the burglaries.

Mr Butcher said that expert analysis of Durrell’s call data records relating to mobile phone use had linked her with seven of the scenes and dates when burglaries occurred.

The jury heard that Durrell had claimed to have no knowledge about the stolen jewellery found in the car and when interviewed by police said she had been living at a refuge in Ipswich at the time of the burglaries and had been unable to leave there.

Mr Butcher told the court that footprints found at the burgled properties had matched those of the two men who were in the car when Durrell was detained.

Those two men had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and are awaiting sentence, said Mr Butcher.

The trial continues.