A MAN who committed a series of burglaries, thefts and criminal damage has been brought to justice.

Callum Galloway, 27, burgled businesses, stole a moped and smashed car windows before snatching items from inside vehicles.

He was said to have “acted brazenly and without sparing a thought for the damage and trauma left behind by his crimes” by Essex Police.

Galloway’s offending took place between August and October this year.

He was linked to three counts of theft, one count of criminal damage and two of vehicle interference.

On August 13, the window of a car was broken in Widford Road, Chelmsford. A bag was taken and later found dumped nearby.

The bag was analysed and found to have Galloway’s DNA on the inside.

Further enquiries uncovered Galloway on CCTV shining torches through car windows in the area.

On August 25, Galloway attended the Tesco store in Princes Road, Chelmsford, and stole a moped.

After the moped was tracked and found, Galloway’s DNA was uncovered after a finger mark on the vehicle was analysed.

On September 5, Galloway broke car windows at a dealership in Chelmsford, leaving the business to pick up the repair bill.

The same day and into the early hours of September 6, two incidents were reported at Baddow Road car park.

A car was broken into and although nothing was taken, the cost of repairs was in three figures. Galloway’s DNA was again found inside the vehicle.

A window to a second car was also smashed, and a battery charger pack and portable speaker were stolen. Analysis of CCTV showed Galloway cycling around the car park shining a torch through vehicle windows.

On September 26, the rear window of a car was smashed at a retail park in Chelmsford. Galloway’s DNA was found inside the vehicle.

Galloway was also found to have committed five burglaries and one attempted burglary in the area.

On August 20, a café owner in Chelmsford received a call reporting a break-in at his business. It was discovered items worth a three-figure sum had been stolen.

Essex Police conducted forensic enquiries, analysing a bag found at the scene which again was found to have Galloway’s DNA on it.

On September 11, Galloway forced his way into three business units at Tattersall Way Estate, causing damage and taking items.

On September 15, he forced his way into a business premises in Gloucester Avenue, taking a safe causing damage.

On September 30, he burgled Chelmsford Golf Club, in Widford Road, forcing entry to an outbuilding and stealing stock and memorabilia. The cost of damage and items taken was worth £4,500.

Police arrested Galloway in Coval Lane, Chelmsford, on October 17. He was carrying a screwdriver.

He admitted five counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, three counts of theft, two counts of vehicle interference and one count of criminal damage.

He was jailed for two years at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, December 1.

Speaking following sentence, a spokesman for Chelmsford Golf Club said: “We would like to thank and commend Essex Police for their hard work and diligence in apprehending the culprit.”

Another victim of a burglary committed by Galloway said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this investigation.

“We hope the court ruling will reflect that this is not normal behaviour, and if this happens people will be punished for their actions.”

Adam Burns, of Chelmsford community policing team, led the investigation into Galloway’s offending.

He said: “Finding the person responsible for each of these offences took a collaborative effort between many teams.

“Each report involved a victim who was left to deal with substantial damage to their property or loss of possessions to mindless theft.

“Our focus from the outset was on showing each victim we will work tirelessly to find the culprit and stop further offending.

“Criminal damage, theft and burglary are priorities for us and are never seen as minor crime.

“We know the fear and anxiety such offending causes in the community.

“It is only through good links with the community and businesses in Chelmsford we can build up a picture of where we are seeing these issues arise, setting us on the trail of criminals like Galloway.

“Chelmsford will be a safer place with him behind bars and, crucially, we showed him he cannot brazenly offend without being promptly arrested and brought to justice.”