Man jailed for more than four years after admitting involvement in ram raids including attempted theft in Glemsford
A 30-year-old man, who admitted his involvement in two destructive ram-raids, including a failed burglary that left a Glemsford shop with significant damage, has been jailed.
Jesse Gatehouse was sentenced to a total of four years and four months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court.
Gatehouse initially pleaded guilty to burglary on November 13 – one day after his arrest while fleeing the scene of a cash machine theft at the Co-op in Debenham.
While on remand awaiting sentence, he confessed to six further crimes, after a visit by the Suffolk Police Operation Converter unit, which enables offenders to admit offences they have committed in order for them to be taken into consideration at sentencing.
These offences included the attempted burglary at the Spar in Bell Lane, Glemsford, on November 4, when a blue Land Rover Defender was reversed into the shop, extensively damaging the windows and metal shutters, although nothing was stolen.
Gatehouse, of Defoe Crescent, Colchester, also admitted stealing the Land Rover from an address in Kersey, and the theft of a Ford Transit van – used in the ram raid in Debenham – from an address in Bures St Mary.
Detective Inspector Matt Adams said: “It will come of great reassurance to local businesses to see Jesse Gatehouse locked up. It is only because of his early guilty plea and engagement with the Op Converter team that he avoided a sentence of more than seven years in prison.
“Crimes like this leave a trail of destruction and numerous victims in their wake, from the people who have their vehicles stolen and often written off, to the tens of thousands of pounds damage caused to buildings.”
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