Serial burglar who stole Olveston woman's jewellery is jailed

October 28 2021
Serial burglar who stole Olveston woman's jewellery is jailed

A "SERIAL thief" who stole jewellery from an Olveston pensioner has been jailed.

Luke Needham was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting six offences of burglary, supplying heroin and aggravated vehicle taking.

Police said today that 33-year-old Needham stole "valuable and sentimental jewellery" from the house of a woman in her 70s in Olveston on August 14.

A week later he also stole a car key from a victim’s handbag and stole her vehicle after breaking into a commercial building, then crashed the stolen vehicle in Bedminster, leading him to be charged with one count of aggravated vehicle taking.

After being released on bail Needham, of Headford Road in Knowle West, Bristol, burgled two shared student flats in Redcliffe in early September.

He was also arrested for dealing heroin that month.

Needham received a five-year prison sentence at Bristol Crown Court on October 20. He was also ordered to pay £190 victim surcharge.

He will also serve the remainder of a previous prison sentence on recall.

A woman who was also involved in some of the offences, 25-year-old Tia Elliott, from Bedminster, will be sentenced next month.

PC Alice Tanner said: “Luke Needham is a serial thief and we’re delighted he has been jailed for the crimes he committed across Bristol and South Gloucestershire earlier this year.

“We know how devastating burglaries are for victims and we will continue to do all we can to bring offenders to justice.”