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Police searching for red headed suspect over car thefts in Ifield, Crawley

Police are trying to identify a woman who was seen trying to break into cars in the Ifield area of Crawley on Tuesday (12 March).

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Between 10am and 10.45am the suspect was reported to be trying the door handles of a number of vehicles parked in Ardingly Close, Warren Drive and Friston Walk.

Items were stolen from a car in Ardingly Close and one in Warren Drive. The woman is white, about 5′ 9″, skinny with red hair and was wearing a navy blue or black knee length puffa style coat, dark cap and grey jogging trousers.

PC Stuart Young said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the description of the suspect and knows who it is or has any information about the incidents.”

Contact police online or ring 101 quoting serial 306 of 12/03 if you can help.

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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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