A teenager who admitted more than 300 burglaries and vehicle thefts - with 49 in Rutland - has been sentenced to five years in a young offenders’ institute.
Adam Crampton, 19, of no fixed address, was given a five-year sentence and two four-year sentences for three counts of burglary at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday), with all other offences taken into consideration.
He was already serving four years at Glen Parva Young Offenders’ Institute after pleading guilty to robbery and burglary offences in March.
Crampton admitted burgling more than 270 homes and stealing 57 vehicles to police in July and August after telling officers he wanted to “wipe the slate clean”.
A further 183 thefts from vehicles that Crampton admitted were also taken into consideration as part of yesterday’s sentence, which will run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving.
Crampton admitted 25 burglaries in the Oakham and Barleythorpe area, 13 in the north of Rutland and five in the south.
He also confessed to stealing six vehicles from across the county.
Det Insp Simon Cure, who led the investigation, said: “Today’s result is a great success for the victims, who now know who committed the crimes against them and can see that justice has been done.
“This case also sends a really important message to offenders, that we will persist with our criminal investigations until we have located the offender and brought them to justice.
“Adam has made it clear that he wants to wipe the slate clean, turn his back on crime and take a new path in life and this is a path we would encourage any criminal to take.
“The rehabilitation of offenders is something we always work towards with our partners, including the Probation Service and Crown Prosecution Service, by managing offenders to deter them from committing further crime.”
At the start of August police began a dedicated operation to tackle burglaries in Rutland and Leicestershire.
Det Chief Insp Rich Ward, who heads up the force’s burglary division, said: “Today’s brilliant result is one of many that we have had as part of the operation, which has seen the arrest of 230 people so far.
“We will continue to visit victims, explore forensic opportunities and CCTV, carry out house to house enquiries and utilise Automatic Number Plate Technology as part of our operation.
“However, we would still urge members of the public to think about how they protect their homes. Closing windows and doors when you are asleep or out of the home are just two simple steps that can keep your home safe.”