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Jail for man following burglaries spate across Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 20:40 14 February 2019

Karl Fuller. PIC: Submitted by Suffolk Constabulary.

Karl Fuller. PIC: Submitted by Suffolk Constabulary.

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A man responsible for a string of burglaries across Norfolk over the past few years was wearing clothing and a bracelet belonging to some of the victims when he was arrested, a court has heard.

Karl Fuller, 40, was wearing the jeans, belt and driving licence he took from a victim of one burglary as well as a bracelet taken in another offence.

Fuller appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday (February 14) having admitted three burglaries, an attempted burglary and another offence of handling stolen goods following a spree of offending in Weeting and Norwich in December last year.

Fuller, of no fixed address, also asked for 31 other offences to be taken into consideration (TIC), including 18 burglaries committed in Norfolk and Suffolk between October 2015 and December 2018.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said one of the burglaries, at a property in Lusher Rise, Norwich, happened overnight on December 9 while the victims slept. He stole clothing, including a trousers and a belt he was wearing when he was caught as well as a wallet containing cash and cards, including the driving licence he had on him.

He also had on him a bracelet that was taken from a home in Oval Road, Norwich, on December 7 and for which he admitted handling stolen goods.

Fuller, who has 28 convictions for 66 previous offences, was represented by Isobel Ascherson who said he realised he was liable to the mandatory minimum sentence for these offences.

She said there was “no question these offences were the result of a class A drug addiction”.

But she said he wanted to clean the slate and put it all behind him which is why he told the police “everything he could remember”.

She added these were not dwelling burglaries of the worst kind.

Jailing Fuller for three years, Judge Katharine Moore said the “harm isn’t just in what’s taken” but included the ongoing effects suffered by householders going forward following burglaries.

After the sentencing, police said nearly £40,000 of goods were stolen and just under £4,000 worth of damage caused.

Among the items stolen were jewellery, cash, I-pads and in two separate cases two caravans from Thetford from the same business premises. In another incident £2500 worth of car parts was stolen from a business premises in Watton.

DC Duncan Etchells from the Operation Converter team said: “Burglary whether of the home or business is a clear invasion of people’s premises and their personal space and can be very upsetting and distressing for the victims as well as being highly disruptive for businesses.
“It’s very satisfying to see Fuller behind bars after the widespread distress and havoc that his actions caused residents and business owners.

“Hopefully, the sentence given in this case will provide some peace of mind to Fuller’s victims and also act as a deterrent to other would-be burglars.”

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