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Man jailed for 4 years after admitting to 18 burglaries

Anthony Deville has been jailed for crimes committed in the New Forest Credit: Hampshire Police

A man has been sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to 18 burglaries and one attempted burglary in the New Forest area.

Anthony Deville, aged 34, from Cheviot Drive in Dibden carried out 18 burglaries - and one attempted burglary. The crimes took place in the Totton, Hythe and Dibden areas between November 2015 and January 2016. He committed the burglaries to fund his drug habit.

Having been initially charged with three burglaries and one attempted burglary, Deville confessed to 15 other burglaries, which were taken into consideration by the judge at Southampton Crown Court.

“This was a complex case that a large team worked on for several months, striving to get justice for the victims.

“We worked closely with the victims through our site ‘Is this Yours?’ which is an online photo bank of recovered property. We reunited 12 burglary victims with property through a number of policing enquiries. Deville assisted police in the recovery of further property by indicating where he had disposed of further items he had stolen.

"This procedure is part of our ‘Clean Slate’ initiative, a chance for criminals to face up to their crimes, prevent re-offending and offer closure to victims.

“These admissions have allowed us to provide closure and support to the victims, knowing that the offender has been brought to justice”.

– Police Staff Investigator Joanne Moger