'Prolific' burglar who targeted school and elderly people in Gloucester jailed over break-ins

Leon Pettigrew has been jailed for 57 months. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A 'prolific' Gloucester burglar has been jailed following a series of thefts in the city.

Leon Pettigrew pleaded guilty to eight offences in Gloucester Crown Court (2 March).

He faced charges of burglaries at a property in Barton Street and another at a Gloucester primary school.

Six burglaries in the Barton and Tredworth areas were also taken into account.

Many of Pettigrew's victims, who were either vulnerable or elderly, were in their homes at the time of the break-in.

He was sentenced to 57 months in prison, of which part will be served on licence.

Martin Cuffe, Crime Scene Co-ordinator, said: “Pettigrew has been a prolific burglar in Gloucester, bringing misery to so many victims.

“But thanks to a huge amount of work across all the teams involved, he has been left with no choice but to plead guilty to a number of offences.

“It’s been a great illustration of what we can accomplish when we all work together with a common goal, and this result has saved several victims the pain of attending court.”