Man jailed following burglaries in Bury St Edmunds

A man from Bury St Edmunds has been jailed for four months for burglary offences.

44-year-old Lee Chapman was jailed for four months.

Lee Chapman, aged 44 years old and of no fixed address but from Bury St Edmunds was jailed at Ipswich Magistrates Court after he pleaded guilty to two burglaries that took place at Nowton Park café overnight 6 to 7 April 2022 and at Jimmy’s Fish and Chip shop at Hardwick shopping centre overnight between 29 December and 30 December 2022.

During investigations forensic tests on a rock that was used to smash a window of the café bought back a positive identity and the same result was generated after a paving slab at the chip shop was also forensically tested – both linking Chapman to the scene of both crimes.

Further enquiries using intelligence received from the public prompted officers in April this year to attend a wooded area near to the Sainsbury’s store in the town and a tent. Chapman was subsequently arrested and charged with the two offences. Chapman had been wanted on prison recall from 2015, living under a false name and identity. When officers located Chapman they confirmed his identity and began to link these and other offences to him.

At court two other offences of burglary were taken into consideration and he was jailed for four months.