Thief who struck in Shirebrook confessed to over 40 crimes

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

An offender who wants to make a clean start has confessed to over 40 crimes as he awaits his release from prison for a robbery.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, September 12, how Jake Gregory, 22, of HMP Moorland prison, was temporarily allowed out of prison to go around Derbyshire with police showing them where he had committed offences.

He admitted to stealing rear light clusters and bulbs from a Land Rover Discovery, in Shirebrook, and to stealing a Land Rover Defender vehicle from Belper and he asked for 46 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Gregory was convicted for robbery last year and sentenced to four years in prison. He was offered the opportunity - as part of Operation Clean Slate - to admit to other outstanding offences.

“Two of these offences involving the Land Rovers had sufficient evidence to be able to charge him. He said he had stolen one vehicle and stolen the lights and sold them.”

Gregory, formerly of Mansfield, pleaded guilty to stealing the lights between February and March, 2011, and to stealing the Land Rover Defender in May, 2011, and asked magistrates to take 46 similar offences into consideration.

Defence solicitor Julie Page said Gregory’s earliest release date is in November, 2015, and it is to his credit that he has highlighted other matters. She said it is a positive step towards his rehabilitation and will allow him to have a fresh start when he is released from prison. Miss Page also told how Gregory has worked in prison and has done courses.

Magistrates sentenced him to 36 weeks of custody for the Land Rover offences to be served concurrently with his existing robbery sentence.