Burglar who tormented Brighton jailed for three years

JAILED: Jamie Webb

JAILED: Jamie Webb

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A man who contributed to a sudden spike in burglaries has been jailed for three years.

Jamie Webb, 25, a prolific distraction burglar, appeared at Lewes Crown Court recently where he admitted five distraction burglaries and an attempted burglary in Brighton in March last year.

Webb, of no fixed abode, was arrested in Gloucester.

DC Scott Elmer said: "In March last year there were a sudden spike in distraction burglaries where a young man was knocking on doors and asking for a screwdriver to fix the chain on his bike. Once he was let in he searched their homes and stole items such as handbags, bank cards and cash, often going away with loose change.

"Publicity led to more victims coming forward and following help from the public and forensic evidence Webb was arrested in his home town of Gloucester in July and brought to Brighton police station where he was interviewed and charged with several burglaries. I am pleased that he pleaded guilty and has been sentenced for his crimes.

“Victims of distraction burglaries are often elderly and vulnerable. I would like to thank the victims and witnesses who helped bring him to justice."

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1:23pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks
He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

tykemison says...

He is well known and has previous.So what"help" does this and other unfortunates recieve? Turning up to probation is all.The whole system is broke and when"offenders"are released fron their prison terms they feel helpless and revert to past habits (drugs, stealing, violence) as they feel frustrated and discarded.So maybe the great and good should realise the rehabilitation process does not work and change the decrepit process.
He is well known and has previous.So what"help" does this and other unfortunates recieve? Turning up to probation is all.The whole system is broke and when"offenders"are released fron their prison terms they feel helpless and revert to past habits (drugs, stealing, violence) as they feel frustrated and discarded.So maybe the great and good should realise the rehabilitation process does not work and change the decrepit process. tykemison
  • Score: 14

6:34pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks
with a very sore bottom (pretty boys are very popular in prison)
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks[/p][/quote]with a very sore bottom (pretty boys are very popular in prison) Take it Personally
  • Score: 3

6:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

Distraction burglar = coward. He would only prey on those who are vulnerable, otherwise he may pick on the wrong household and regret it.

This will upset caring 'liberals', but shouldn't those who are sentenced for burglary for say the third time, lose their liberty (time SERVED after remission) for an awfully long sentence They really don't care one jot about the impact they have in thieving honest peoples hard earned possessions and money, vandalising their homes whilst at it, and turning innocent victims lives upside down.
Distraction burglar = coward. He would only prey on those who are vulnerable, otherwise he may pick on the wrong household and regret it. This will upset caring 'liberals', but shouldn't those who are sentenced for burglary for say the third time, lose their liberty (time SERVED after remission) for an awfully long sentence They really don't care one jot about the impact they have in thieving honest peoples hard earned possessions and money, vandalising their homes whilst at it, and turning innocent victims lives upside down. Withdean-er
  • Score: 11

1:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Justsaying88 says...

Everyone is entitled to another chance this man has four young children that need their dad, what he was sentenced to has made him and his children suffer, people need to realise if there was more help/ counselling offered to polific offenders crime rates might drop, so before you judge find out. The reasons why undoubtably he was wrong but also maybe if there was more support offered it wouldn't of happened! If they had a chance for a career or helped into education we would have less repeat offenders
Everyone is entitled to another chance this man has four young children that need their dad, what he was sentenced to has made him and his children suffer, people need to realise if there was more help/ counselling offered to polific offenders crime rates might drop, so before you judge find out. The reasons why undoubtably he was wrong but also maybe if there was more support offered it wouldn't of happened! If they had a chance for a career or helped into education we would have less repeat offenders Justsaying88
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Justsaying88 says...

Take it Personally wrote:
ThinkBrighton wrote:
He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks
with a very sore bottom (pretty boys are very popular in prison)
Haha what a **** I
[quote][p][bold]Take it Personally[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: He will back on the streets again in about 18 months, and probably up to his old tricks[/p][/quote]with a very sore bottom (pretty boys are very popular in prison)[/p][/quote]Haha what a **** I Justsaying88
  • Score: 2

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