Teenage Stafford burglar locked up after four-month spree
A teenager has been jailed for two years after a four-month burglary spree in the Stafford area.
Deven Patel-Reddy, 18, broke into five houses between December 2018 and March 2019 by smashing windows and patio doors.
In the first incident, he smashed the window of a house in Brocton and stole thousands of pounds worth of electrical items including an iPad, Sony laptop and camera equipment.
He also took valuable jewellery and bottles of alcohol and damaged several other items within the house.
Patel-Reddy then went on to break into four more houses where he stole alcohol and cigarettes which police later found on him.
Meanwhile DNA analysis of knife and blood found in one of the homes was linked to the burglar.
He attempted to commit burglaries at two other addresses and was spotted climbing through a bathroom window by one of the victims who was at home at the time.
Patel-Reddy, from Brocton, pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary and was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Friday.
Det Con Daniel Champeau, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We are glad to see a serial offender taken off the streets.
"He broke into several homes within the area, causing distress to those living within the properties and stealing valuable items whilst causing serious damage.
"These crimes are serious offences and will not be tolerated in Staffordshire.”
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