Ipswich: Prolific burglar jailed after admitting to 27 more crimes

Daniel Forbes, who has been jailed for 28 months for burglary

Daniel Forbes, who has been jailed for 28 months for burglary - Credit: Archant

One of Ipswich’s prolific offenders is back behind bars after admitting 27 more crimes.

Daniel Forbes, 25, has been jailed for 28 months after pleading guilty to two burglaries and asking for 24 offences to be considered involving a total of more than £10,000 of stolen property and damage.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Forbes, of Maryon Road, Ipswich, who has 42 previous convictions was jailed for 16 weeks in 2011 for handling stolen goods after he was targeted by police during a pro-active crime fighting initiative code named Operation Apache.

During the operation officers kept tabs on Ipswich’s worst offenders and checked up on them on a daily basis, ensuring they were at home.

Scott Wainwright, prosecuting, told the court that Forbes burgled a house in Poplar Hill, Stowmarket on March 23 this year and stole a game station and games worth £360.

The owner of the premises had been at a friend’s house on the evening of the burglary and had lent his jacket containing his house keys to another guest. When he returned home he discovered the burglary and Forbes was later arrested.

Several weeks later, on May 4, Forbes had been a guest at a house in Kemball Street, Ipswich, and had stolen a 40” flat screen television and a laptop computer.

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The stolen items were later found further down the street.

Mr Wainwright told the court that the 24 offences Forbes asked to be taken into consideration included burglaries at houses and commerical premises, shoplifting and thefts from garden sheds.

Ian Persaud, for Forbes, said his client had been in and out of custody for many years and had found it hard to kick his drug habit without assistance.

Sentencing Forbes at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge Rupert Overbury said the two burglaries were both a breach of the homeowners’ trust.

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