Man jailed after being convicted of burgling homes in Sudbury
A 43-year-old man, who was convicted of burgling two homes in Sudbury, has been jailed, after admitting responsibility for a series of other offences.
Ali El Fellahi, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court via video link on Wednesday, having been found guilty of multiple burglaries and possession of a class A drug.
He was initially charged with two counts of burglary, in connection with incidents which took place in Sudbury last month.
The first occurred at a home in Friars Street on Friday, October 12, between 1am and 7am, which resulted in the theft of wallets, watches and a satchel containing an HP laptop.
This was followed by a burglary in Melford Road shortly before midnight on Sunday, October 14, when El Fellahi entered a property via a window, before making off with various items, including laptops and jewellery.
After his arrest on Monday, October 22, El Fellahi decided to work with officers from Suffolk Police’s Operation Converter TIC (Taken Into Consideration) Unit while on remand.
Through the initiative, which encourages offenders to admit their crimes so they are taken into consideration at sentencing, El Fellahi admitted nine other offences.
They included eight additional house burglaries, as well as a theft from a motor vehicle.
Detective Constable Barry Simpson, from the Operation Converter TIC Unit, said: “El Fellahi chose to engage with the TIC process in order to serve his impending prison sentence, knowing that he would not have any crimes to deal with upon his release.
“Throughout the process, El Fellahi showed remorse and gave reasons for his offending and details of where some of the property stolen from the Sudbury burglaries had been sold.
“As a result of this, we have been able to recover a TV and return it to its owner, and make inquiries in relation to the recovery of some of the items of jewellery.
“This TIC process has allowed us to update victims with a positive outcome.
“We’ve also been able to provide them with some reassurance that the crimes were opportunistic, and that they, as victims, were not specifically targeted,” added Det Con Simpson.