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Prolific burglar caught on camera is sent to jail

Anthony Johnson was spotted on security cameras and swiftly arrested by police Credit: Suffolk Police

A 48-year-old man has been jailed for 876 days – around two years and four months - after admitting a number of burglaries in the Felixstowe area in March 2017, including break-ins at a home, several businesses and a charity shop.

In three weeks between 11 and 31 March Anthony Johnson broke into seven premises and stole hundreds of pounds in cash and other items including jewellery and electrical equipment.

Johnson, of Windermere Road in Felixstowe, was arrested on March 31 after he broke into a home in Trimley St Martin and triggered a motion sensitive camera which sent a live feed to the homeowner's phone.

Although he had fled the property, Johnson was wearing a bright yellow top, which enabled police officers to spot him sitting in a car not far from the house.

He admitted he was the burglar and police recovered an iPad, camera and jewellery, that had been stolen from the home.

He was also charged with three other burglaries.

Johnson later admitted four further offences – one attempted burglary and three burglaries of other buildings.

Johnson appeared at Ipswich Crown Court today, Tuesday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 876 days – equivalent to two years and around four months.

"Johnson is a prolific burglar who, in a short space of time, targeted both homes and businesses, causing distress and damage. We are pleased that he chose to co-operate with us to admit further offences...this case "This case shows again that one offender can be responsible for a series of crimes, but it also illustrates the value of cameras as crime reduction devices.

– DC Duncan Etchells of the Operation Converter team