Uphill burglar jailed

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 June 2011




THERE is relief for police as a prolific burglar in the Uphill area has been jailed.

Stephen Kaye was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison on June 14 for two counts of burglary and theft from a shop by Bristol Crown Court.

Kaye, aged 36, from Brighton Road in Weston was thought to be responsible for five burglaries in the Uphill area.

In a recent beat crime summary presented to the last Uphill neighbourhood watch meeting, there was a total of 33 crimes listed. PC Steve Wakefield explained that there was normally eight to ten crimes.

He said: “I am aware of five burglaries that he was involved with.

“When we see a blip with a number of burglaries in close succession, the chances are that it is down to the same person or persons.

“It is nice to see him in custody because it removes him off the street and can hopefully reduce the amount of burglaries.”

PC Dale Buckingham works for Weston’s priority crime team, specialising in the burglary section.

He said: “He was caught walking across a park in Weston and at that time he had a screw drivers and a crow bar in his possession.

“He would continue to burgle until he was captured.

“We identified Kaye as responsible for a series of burglaries and high value thefts that consisted of ten offences in ten days.

“All officers in Weston were involved in a hunt for him as he was living rough.

“Following his arrest he made a full admission to all the crimes committed to fund his drug habit which had spiralled out of control.”

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