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Cambridge burglar who left trail of evidence is jailed

A prolific criminal who went on a burglary spree in Cambridge has been jailed after leaving a trail of evidence behind him.

Terry Lewis was captured on CCTV smashing the front door of a charity shop in Newmarket Road on 18 September last year.

Terry Lewis
Terry Lewis

The 47-year-old then crawled through the door and attempted to break open the tills before leaving with cash from a donation box.

Three days later, Lewis used a rock to smash his way into offices in Orwell Furlong stealing some cash but leaving behind his house keys and two lighters.

The same night he also smashed the front door of offices in Cowley Road where he took a mobile phone and some cash but left his blood at the scene.

Lewis was identified by officers in CCTV footage of all three burglaries. When he was arrested at his home in Walnut Tree Avenue, they recovered the clothes he was wearing and were able to confirm the keys he had left behind unlocked his room. Lewis also admitted he’d injured his hand and shin ‘at the burglary last night’.

Lewis, 47, of Walnut Tree Avenue, Cambridge, was sentenced to 14 months in prison at Huntingdon Law Courts today (Wednesday, 14 February) after previously pleading guilty to three counts of burglary.

Sergeant Dan Scott said: “Lewis is a prolific, opportunist burglar who has caused misery to businesses across Cambridge. We hope the sentence provides some respite to businesses in the city affected by his offending.”

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