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Teenager admits going on burglary spree

A 17-year-old boy has admitted going on a burglary spree across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.

The teenager from Crawley broke into 12 homes across the county between 3 September and 24 September, stealing everything from bikes, clothing and electrical items to jewellery, cash, watches and sunglasses.

Police were able to link each of the break-ins to the boy after finding his fingerprints at the addresses in Crawley, Worthing, Brighton and Hove.

The first burglaries were committed in Barber Close, Crawley, on 3 September and 9 September before a home in Wantage Close, Crawley, was burgled on 11 September.

Over the next two weeks the boy also broke into homes in Marine Parade, Worthing, in Belvedere Terrace, Ditchling Rise, Clarendon Terrace, College Terrace and Victoria Road, Brighton, and addresses in Brunswick Road and Brunswick Square, Hove.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 21 October.

"The boy already had a conviction for burglary before he committed the dozen crimes across the county. He was selling what he could steal for a fraction of the value and was likely to continue committing crime until he was caught. We were able to link him to each of the break-ins because of good work by detectives and the crime scene investigators who visited the victims and found the boy's fingerprints."

– Detective Sergeant Kate Witt

Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.

Among the other successes for the team in recent days have been:

- the charging of Christopher Dooley, 26, with a burglary in Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, on 29 August. Dooley, of Cavendish Place, Eastbourne, was told to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 October.

- the charging of Dylan Battams, 18, with a burglary in Upperton Road, Eastbourne, on 29 July. Battams, of no fixed address, was released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 22 October.

- the charging of James Carty, 22, Shane Breaker, 34, and a 17-year-old boy with theft, handling stolen goods and burglaries in Crabbet Road, Crawley, and Langridge Lane, Broadbridge Heath.

Carty, of Outwood, Redhill, Breaker, of Lydia Park, Cranleigh, and the 17-year-old were ordered to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 20 October.

- the charging of Martin Collins, 41, with burglaries in Stanford Avenue, London Road and Reed Close, Hassocks, and Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill. Collins, of Mackie Avenue, Brighton, was ordered to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 20 October.

- the charging of Matthew Butler, 41, with a burglary in York Road, Brighton, on 4 October. Butler, of no fixed address, is due to appear at Croydon Magistrates on 20 October.

- the charging of Jack Kemp, 21, with a burglary in East Walls, Chichester, on 16 September. Kemp, of Walton Road, Bognor Regis, is due to appear at Chichester Crown Court on 20 October.

- the arrest of two men aged 21 and 29 and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Cropthorne Drive, Climping, between 22 September and 29 September. They were released on bail until 9 November.

- the arrest of a 33-year-old man on suspicion of two burglaries in Grosvenor Road, Chichester, between 5 September and 8 September. He was released on bail until 12 November.

- the arrest of a 15-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Ifield Drive, Crawley, on 18 September. He was released on bail until 22 October.

- the arrest of two boys aged 10 and 11 on suspicion of breaking into The Laurels First School in Winterbourne Way, Worthing, on 4 October. They were released on bail until 8 November.

- the arrest of a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of a burglary in Main Road, Westfield, on 9 September. The teenager was released on bail until 23 November.

- the arrest of a 37-year-old man on suspicion of six burglaries in Marina Street, Grand Parade and Warrior Gardens in St Leonards as well as Lower Park Road in Hastings. He was questioned before being released on bail to a date to be set.

If you have any information about burglaries, call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk . For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.

Cross-dressing burglar caught trying on clothes by home owner

A cross-dressing burglar caught trying on women's clothing in a house he broke into, has been jailed for three years.

The prolific burglar was disturbed by the homeowners before he had a chance to steal anything as he had become waylaid dressing up in women's clothes.

Kieron O'Keefe, aged 23 years, spent two to three hours in the house dressing up, scrawling graffiti on a computer and ransacking drawers, a court heard.

Mr Recorder Stephen Rubin said the raider hadbehaved in a "weird fashion" in the house.

This was his fourth burglary in three years andpolice had taken to knocking on his family's door whenever there was a burglaryin the area.

O'Keefe broke into the home in Reading in August and was jailed for three years at Reading Crown Court.

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Thieves smash their way into Newbury gadget shop

Thieves have used concrete paving slabs to break into a hi-tech gadget shop in Newbury. It happened at around 5.30 yesterday morning at the Stormfront store on Northbrook Street which sells Apple products like iphones and ipads. It's not known yet how much was stolen.

ITV Meridian spoke to James Collard, Retail Director at Stormfront.

Margate burglar jailed

Krystian Dubis has been sentenced to 28 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

A serial burglar who was caught after detectives tracked him down by his fingerprints has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Krystian Dubis, 23, of Athelstan Road, Margate, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 22 August after pleading guilty to burgling a dwelling in Cliftonville.

He entered the address in Stanley Road, through a window on 6 July and stole a laptop and charger worth £150.

Dubis was arrested on 25 July after officers found his fingerprints at the scene of the burglary.

He also admitted a charge of burglary other than dwelling in connection with stolen tools worth £1,000 taken from a communal cupboard in Union Crescent, Margate on 10 July.

"Due to overwhelming evidence by police Dubis had no option but to admit his guilt. This man showed little respect for people and stole their belongings without a second thought. I hope his sentence of 28 months will serve as a warning to anyone who is considering carrying out similar offences. Our team of detectives are committed to investigating reports of burglaries in the Thanet area and will continue to put their efforts into bringing offenders before the courts."

– Detective Sergeant Neil Watford, of Kent Police

Jewellery stolen from elderly man

Thames Valley Police has released an e-fit in relation to a distraction burglary in Main Street, Forest Hill.

Between 8.45pm and 9pm on Monday4 August, a man knocked on the door of an elderly man's house and asked to look in his back garden claiming his dog had jumped over the gate.

The victim accompanied the man into the back garden, he then returned to the property and noticed a second man in his house who ran out the front door.

The two men then fled the scene in a large black car.

The victim checked upstairs and noticed his gold-coloured pocket watch from Smiths of Witney, a pair of gold and pearl earrings, a gold necklace and a 1914 gold sovereign coin were missing.

Anyone with information should contact Det Con Fran Griffin of Abingdon police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Brothers jailed for conspiracy to burgle

Two brothers have been jailed for nearly ten years for conspiracy to burgle across Hampshire and Berkshire.

Scott Blundell, aged 23, was jailed for a total of 5 years and 4 months after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 19 separate burglaries.

Scott Blundell has been jailed for 5 years and 4 months for conspiracy to burgle Credit: Thames Valley Police

His brother Jack, who is 21-years-old, was jailed for 4 years after pleading guilty to one charge of conspiracy, which encompassed 14 separate burglaries.

21-year-old Scott Blundell was jailed for 4 years Credit: Thames Valley Police

The pair were arrested as part of an operation led by Thames Valley Police following burglaries reported in Maidenhead, Aylesbury, Thame and Oxfordshire.

Burglaries were also reported in Romsey, Shirley and Basset near Southampton in Hampshire.

All burglaries were committed late at night or in the early hours of the morning. They targeted insecure front doors which had not been double locked by the occupants.

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Aftermath of Weyhill garage burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary at Weyhill Texaco Garage Credit: Weyhill garage
The safe was removed from the office and opened outside of the garage. Credit: Weyhill garage
Cash, which was in the safe, was stolen and about £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was also taken. Credit: Weyhill garage

£10,000 of cigarettes & tobacco stolen from Andover

Police are trying to piece together more information after cash and around £10,000 worth of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen from Weyhill Texaco Garage near Andover. Offenders made a large hole in a wall at the back of the building and then forced their way through internal walls to get the office.

They removed the safe and opened it outside of the garage. It happened between 2am and 3am on Tuesday, July 1. Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Davis at Andover Police Station on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Detective Constable Alix Davis said:

“It is believed the offenders would have needed a large vehicle, maybe a 4x4, to get to the rear of the premises and also to have pulled the safe from the building.

“If you saw any large vehicles in suspicious circumstances, or have any information which could assist this investigation, please contact me as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Alix Davis

Coco and Flo the Pug dogs stolen from Reading home

Two of the three Pug dogs have been taken from the victims home in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Two Pug dogs have been stolen from a Reading home.

The victims were upstairs in their house in Foxglove Gardens on Saturday evening when the offenders entered the property.

The victims then heard a noise coming from downstairs and looked out the window to see the offenders running from the house.

It was then discovered that two of their dogs had been stolen, including an all black female Pug called Coco and a light brown female Pug call Flo.

Anyone with information should contact PC Laura Murray from Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

E-fit of suspect who broke into home with knife & spade

Police have released this e-fit of a suspect after an aggravated burglary in Southampton Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released this e-fit of a man after an aggravated burglary in Southampton.

The suspect, along with two others, broke into a house on Thackery Road in Portswood armed with a knife and spade.

They demanded money from the woman inside, who was looking after her seven-year-old son at the time.

One of the suspects was wearing a gas mask and the other had his hood covering most of his face.

As they were all leaving the property, one of the suspects hit the woman on the arm with the spade.

She was not seriously injured and nothing was taken.

The man police would like to speak to has been described as white, in his late teens and of slim build.

He has ginger hair and was wearing a grey/khaki beanie hat with a blue Nike tick, along with a bright blue puffa style gillet, a long sleeved black t-shirt, dark jeans and Nike trainers.

Anyone with information should contact DC David Wheeler at Bittern police station on 101.

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