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Crawley police seize over 125 stolen items after tip off from Tilgate residents

Posting photos on their twitter account, Crawley Police have shown the extent of the thefts.

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Local officers have managed to seize over 125 stolen items after being alerted by local residents in Tilgate.

The huge haul was of taken property was found within a garage.

Once discovered the Crawley Prevention team began the work of removing and logging all the stolen items.

Police believe the items were stolen from insecure vehicles across Crawley.

Police also posted images of what the garage was like before and after they finished their work

Before removing the items. Twitter @Crawley_Police
After seizing the goods. Twitter @Crawley_Police

A number of victims have already been located with their items to be returned shortly but despite officers working through the night to link as many of the items as possible to existing reports they say that there are many that appear to not have been reported.

If you need to report a vehicle crime then please contact the police on 101.

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Man jailed for stealing charity collection tins

A man who broke into a café and stole three charity collection tins has been jailed.

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Police were alerted to the break-in at The Conservatory Café in North Street, Horsham, about 11.30pm on Monday 13 May.

Smashed windows and traces of blood were discovered at the scene and a witnesses described a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

Due to the description provided and the information received, a suspect was nominated.

A PCSO on patrol spotted the suspect in Hurst Road about 7pm the following evening (14 May) and noticed he had cuts on his hand consistent with a recent injury.

The suspect was identified as Kieran Blunden, 33, unemployed, of no fixed address.

Further officers attended to assist, and Blunden was arrested and charged with burglary.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £50 in compensation.

Blunden also admitted stealing a charity box from the Cancer Research shop in West Street, Horsham, on 14 May, and this offence was taken into consideration during sentencing.

Investigations Supervisor Dave Bell said:

“Blunden’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence committed and takes into account his previous offending history.

“This was a diabolical offence whereby the defendant has stolen from the most vulnerable in our community.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring him to justice – from the café owner who initially reported it, to the witness who provided a good description of the suspect, and the PCSO whose local knowledge ultimately led to Blunden being identified and arrested.”

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