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Prolific burglar who targeted Diss, East Harling, Thetford, Cottenham and Great Gransden in six-week spree has jail sentence doubled

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A prolific burglar serving a prison sentence for six previous offences has had his three-and-a-half-year sentence doubled after admitting a further seven burglaries and two charges of handling stolen goods.

Stuart Driver, 47, of Thomas Road in Fulbourn, stole cash, jewellery, bank cards, a laptop, and silverware during 13 offences in his six-week spree between 2 July and 14 August 2018.

The series of offences, which included seven for which Driver was sentenced last week, started on July 2, when Driver forced open a living room window at a home near Cambridge, and stole jewellery from a bedroom before making off on a motorbike.

Stuart Driver.
Stuart Driver.

A safe and jewellery were subsequently stolen on July 3 at an address in Great Gransden, Bedfordshire, before Driver stole more jewellery after forcing open a bathroom window at a property in Cottenham on July 30.

On August 8, another burglary was committed by Driver in Thetford, followed immediately by two in East Harling and one in Diss on the same day.

Silverware, small change, bank cards, a laptop, documents and more jewellery was stolen.

Police inquiries uncovered CCTV and dashcam footage of Driver at the crime scenes on a motorbike.

He was arrested on August 14, and stolen items were also recovered from his house.

In March 2019, he was jailed for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of six burglaries during the same spree, which took place on August 13 and 14, 2018.

And on Wednesday of last week, Driver was jailed for a further three-and-a-half years at Peterborough Crown Court after admitting seven charges of burglary and two of handling stolen goods.

He is currently serving the former sentence and the second will commence when the other one ends.

Detective Sergeant James Rabbett, investigating said: “Driver is a prolific burglar who had no remorse for the victims and refused to engage with police and we were determined to bring him to justice.

“He would often use garden tools to break into homes so I would urge people to ensure their sheds and outbuildings are properly secure as well.”

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