Leicester

Prolific teenage burglar Adam Crampton jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionA teenager is jailed for stealing from hundreds of homes over five years

A teenager who admitted burgling more than 270 homes and stealing 57 vehicles has been jailed for five years.

Adam Crampton, 19, of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court charged with three counts of burglary and theft.

Crampton, whose criminal career started when he was 12, asked for all the other offences to be taken into consideration.

The court heard he wanted to "wipe the slate clean".

Too 'frightened'

He admitted the full extent of his criminal history to police officers after being sentenced to four years in Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution in March for robbery and burglary.

Judge Simon Hammond said Crampton should reflect on the impact burglars have on their victims.

"For many people, their homes are never the same again," Judge Hammond said.

"People are often frightened to go out, thinking they might come back to find a burglar in their home, they are frightened to go to bed at night... the effect of the burglar never leaves them."

Det Insp Simon Cure, of Leicestershire Police, said: "It's very unusual for a serving prisoner to admit burglaries on this scale.

"Adam has made it clear that he wants to wipe the slate clean and turn his back on crime."

Image caption Adam Crampton was described in court as a "one man crime wave", committing more than 300 offences in and around Leicester over a six-year period

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites