Teen stole ice creams and soft drinks worth £2,500 from Ipswich park kiosk

Holywells Park

Holywells Park - Credit: Archant

A teenager who raided an Ipswich park kiosk three times in a week stealing ice creams and drinks worth £2,500 has been spared custody.

Jordan Dighton, of Ancaster Road, Ipswich, was sentenced at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court after previously pleading guilty to three burglary charges.

The 18-year-old had also admitted the theft of a bicycle worth £1,615.

Dighton and another individual broke into the ice cream kiosk in Holywells Park between 5.30pm on May 13 and 7.30am on May 14.

They managed to pull the shutters up and smash the glass window.

On that occasion they stole items to the value of £217.

However, police subsequently took a blood swab from the top of the rear counter near the till which matched Dighton’s DNA.

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Dighton and the other person returned to the kiosk sometime between 6pm on May 17 and 7am the following day.

They got away with stock worth £821.

The pair came back a third time with another accomplice on May 20.

The three of them broke into the kiosk at around 9.15pm.

The premises were sealed up, but they were able to rip the shutters off.

On that occasion they managed to steal ice cream and soft drinks worth £1,453.

They were arrested when police went to a property.

Dighton and the others climbed out of a rear window and were eventually found hiding on the roof.

Subsequently Dighton also stole a bicycle from Rosehill Crescent on June 22.

Dighton - the only one of the three arrested for burgling the ice cream kiosk to be sentenced on the day - was given a total of 16 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months.

He was also given a supervision order and must carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.