Man jailed following spate of burglary and theft offences across the Stokes

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A 31-year-old man has been jailed for more than two years following a spate of burglaries and thefts at a number of locations across the Stokes.

Karl Paterson, of no fixed address, was given a 25-month prison sentence at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday 4th November 2022.

He had admitted two counts of non-dwelling burglary, two counts of theft from motor vehicle, an attempted theft from a motor vehicle and a further count of theft, when he appeared at the same court on Thursday 6th October 2022.

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The court heard how between Sunday 31st July and Thursday 22nd September this year, Paterson stole work tools, TVs and other items from vehicles and sheds in the Cheswick Village, Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke areas.

The offences

31/07/22 into 01/08/22: Richard Stephens Road, Scholars Chase – Burglary (non-dwelling)

14/08/22: Long Down Avenue, Cheswick Village – Burglary (non-dwelling)

15/08/22: Long Down Avenue, Cheswick Village – Theft (from motor vehicle)


15/08/22: Barnwood, Cheswick Village – Theft (from motor vehicle)

15/08/22: Barnwood, Cheswick Village – Attempted Theft (from motor vehicle)

22/09/22: Manor Farm Crescent, Bradley Stoke – Theft (from motor vehicle)

“Career criminal”

Sergeant James Organ of Avon and Somerset Police said:

“Paterson is a career criminal with more than 40 convictions to date, including seven for dwelling and non-dwelling burglaries.”

“His recent spell of offending has had a profound impact on the local community, particularly the theft of tools from self-employed traders. These thefts seriously impacted on their ability to carry out their day-to-day jobs and provide for their families.”

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Karl Paterson. Image credit: Avon and Somerset Police.

“We welcome the prison sentence handed down by the court and hope this will act as a deterrent to other opportunist criminals. We would like to thank members of the local community for their support throughout our investigation.”

“Thankfully, we have been able to reunite many of the victims with their stolen goods and we hope this conviction will reassure them and the community that we take reports of burglary and theft seriously.”

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