Man Jailed For More Than 200 Burglaries In The Ely Area

PUBLISHED: 09:09 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010

A PROLIFIC burglar has been sentenced to two and a half years in a young offender s institute for crimes committed less than three weeks after he left jail on licence. Adam Bishop Bridges, 20, of York Road, Sutton, was sentenced to two and a half years i

A PROLIFIC burglar has been sentenced to two and a half years in a young offender's institute for crimes committed less than three weeks after he left jail on licence.

Adam Bishop Bridges, 20, of York Road, Sutton, was sentenced to two and a half years in Glen Parva Young Offender's Institute last January, after he admitted more than 200 burglaries and car thefts, committed over a three-year period in Ely, Sutton, Littleport, and Witchford.

Police arrested him in 2007, in connection with a Witchford house burglary, but he confessed to 204 more crimes under interview.

A Cambridge Crown Court judge described the troubled boy as a "one-man crimewave at his sentence, and police hoped to tie him to further offences.

Visits to Glen Parva YOI yielded results for British Transport Police, who managed to tie Bishop Bridges to a string of thefts and attempted thefts of cars and motorcycles at Ely Railway Station. He reappeared in court in March and was given an extra 28 days in jail.

At his next court hearing, two weeks later - Bishop Bridges admitted another car theft - taking his tally of crimes to more than 210 - all before his 20th birthday. Another 35 days were added to his sentence.

On his recent release from Glen Parva, Bishop Bridges soon relapsed. On December 21, a household in Beresford Road, Ely was deprived of a Volvo, cash and jewellery.

Bishop Bridges used the Volvo as his getaway car - a modus operandi police recognised as his.

He was arrested two days later, after burgling a house where a mother and her two young children were asleep upstairs. He stole the family's Rover, and cash.

Bishop-Bridges, formerly of Christopher Tye Close, Ely, admitted both burglaries to police.

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