Yate man jailed for burglary, theft and fraud spree

September 11 2020
Yate man jailed for burglary, theft and fraud spree

A YATE man has been jailed for a series of crimes after being caught on a resident's CCTV.

Matthew Coombes been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for two burglaries, three thefts, six cases of fraud and shoplifting.

Avon and Somerset police said Coombes, of Orchard Close, broke into two vehicles in Yate to steal a number of bank cards and a wallet on June 28.

But he had been caught in the act by a resident's CCTV camera and was identified by members of the community and police officers.

Once in custody, officers found several stolen bank cards his possession, which had been stolen during a burglary in Yate and from a person in Frampton Cottrell.

Coombes, aged 31, pleaded guilty to the offences at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in July and has now returned to the court to be jailed.

Afterwards police Operation Remedy investigating officer Alastair Binnie said: “Coombes' offending caused a lot of distress to the community in Yate, so I hope his sentencing goes some way to helping the victims with their recovery.

"They should be proud of the instrumental role they played in helping us to identify him and bring him to justice.

"Their help was invaluable and it again highlights the importance of us working together with our communities to tackle crime.”

Operation Remedy is a proactive campaign across Avon and Somerset that targets residential burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of controlled drugs.