Ely man caught after nine months on the run from Suffolk prison
- Credit: Police
An Ely man who absconded from a Suffolk prison has been re-captured after nine months on the run.
Timothy Stone-Parker of Clay Way, Ely was jailed for six-and-a-half years in 2018 for his involvement in more than 200 burglaries over an 11-month period.
Stone-Parker was serving his sentence at Hollesley Bay prison, Woodbridge, when he was reported missing at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
He was arrested in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday, April 28 and, following his appearance in court on April 29, he was remanded to appear at Cambridge Crown Court on May 27.
A spokesman for Suffolk police said: "Police would like to thank the media and the public for their help with this matter."
You may also want to watch:
Half of the crimes committed by Stone-Parker were in Cambridgeshire, many in East Cambridgeshire, and a garage was used in Wisbech to dismantle stolen cars to sell on or to export.
Police estimate the gang cost victims in excess of £2 million.
- 1 Murder suspect is victim's son
- 2 Woman, 78, suffers horrific injuries after e-scooter hit-and-run
- 3 £100k homes scrapped 'with almost immediate effect' says Mayor
- 4 Widow of High Court judge, 77, charged with historical sexual abuse
- 5 Fleeing heroin dealer rams police car but they get him in the end
- 6 Hairdressing student is best of 1,000 after winning national competition
- 7 Suspected drink lorry driver threw whiskey and wine bottle from cab
- 8 Commuter chaos as van blaze causes miles of congestion
- 9 Businessman slams council’s coronavirus grants in explosive live rant
- 10 Suspected drug dealers arrested in Wisbech raid
The gang would mask their faces using balaclavas and smash or force open doors or windows in broad daylight.
They would steal specific items, mainly high-powered BMWs and Audis, firearms, cash and jewellery, all of which they could dispose of through contacts.
Stolen vehicles were put on false plates and left in residential parking areas before being used to commit further crimes.
Most were raids on homes, although commercial premises and ATMs, including several in East Cambs, were also targeted.
Norfolk suffered a similar number of burglaries to Cambridgeshire while other offences took place in Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire.
When Stone-Parker and other gang members were sentenced at Norwich Crown Court, Judge Stephen Holt described the conspiracy as the most serious he had ever encountered and praised the police approach in tackling the gang.
Police set up a special team dedicated to the burglary series after they linked offences over the previous year.
High performance vehicles were being stolen, had their identities changed and were then later used in further crimes.
Some vehicles were never found and were disposed of through garages, or ‘chop shop’ premises, including one in Algores Way Wisbech, where they were cut up for parts with a view to selling on or export.