Lowestoft burglar behind bars after series of house break-ins

A LOWESTOFT burglar is behind bars after admitting a series of house break-ins in the town.

And with burglaries continuing to be 'a priority for police in Lowestoft', the jailing of 21-year-old Jake Rowlands was hailed by detectives.

Rowlands, of Roman Road in Lowestoft, was jailed for 30 months after committing several home burglaries. After previously pleading guilty to these offences, he was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court Friday 16 September.

In total, he admitted six Lowestoft house burglaries – two of which he was charged with, and four offences which were taken into consideration after he co-operated with Operation Converter.

Rowlands was charged with burglaries at Acton Road between August 10 and 20 – where cash, including coins from a child's moneybox, and a computer were stolen – and at Victoria Road between August 7 and 14, where more than �4,000 worth of items was taken. Items including digital cameras, jewellery, several games consoles, a laptop computer, a 32in TV, a 40in TV and a 50in TV, were all stolen in the raid and 'the house was completely ransacked in the process', according to police.

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After admitting these two burglaries and also to going equipped for theft, possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis, Rowlands also co-operated with Lowestoft's police's Operation Converter team.

He subsequently admitted a burglary at a home in Sands Lane between Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17 where more than �5,000 worth of items, including jewellery was taken, a burglary at a home in Witney Road between August 13 and 15, one in Borrow Road on August 2-3 and a burglary at a home at Haward Street overnight on July 23-24 – where more than �5,000 worth of items were taken including jewellery, perfume and a 32in TV.

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Rowlands also admitted a further burglary at Waitrose supermarket at Station Road in Sudbury on March 17 this year after a window was smashed to gain entry and a number of iPods stolen.

Det Insp Darrell Skuse told The Journal; 'We are pleased another burglar has been locked up. Home burglary continues to be a priority for police in Lowestoft and we have seen a number of offenders convicted and jailed in recent weeks.'

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