A 16-year-old boy has admitted stealing thousands of pounds worth of items in burglaries across Sussex, Surrey and London.
The boy from London, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, broke into nine homes between December and February.
He stole jewellery, cash and electrical items as well as a £5,000 racing bike and a briefcase containing the deeds to a house.
The 16-year-old appeared at Highbury Corner Youth Court in London on February 24, where he pleaded guilty to three charges of burglary, one charge of attempted burglary going equipped for theft and possession of cannabis. He also admitted carrying out six other burglaries.
Among the offences he admitted to were burglaries in Maple Drive, East Grinstead, on February 6, Finches Park Road in Lindfield on February 9, Broadfield in West Hoathly on February 10, Church Lane in Horsted Keynes on February 11, Willow Ridge in Turners Hill on February 21, and Alma Road, Lindfield, on February 22.
He was made the subject of a two year youth rehabilitation order and was told he would be electronically tagged to ensure he obeyed a curfew for six months.
The boy had targeted homes across Mid Sussex as well as Surrey and London before he was caught.Detective Constable Emma Dumbrell
Detective Constable Emma Dumbrell said: “The boy had targeted homes across Mid Sussex as well as Surrey and London before he was caught.
“After he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police, we alerted them to crimes we suspected he had committed in Sussex and items from some of those burglaries were found with him when he was searched.
“It shows how by working with colleagues in other forces we can effectively gather the evidence to get convictions against offenders who move from one area to another committing crime.”
If you have any information about burglaries or shops selling stolen goods, call 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For crime prevention advice visit www.sussex.police.uk.
If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999 immediately.
Residents can also being encouraged to register their items on the world’s largest property database so that if they are stolen, they can be reunited with the owners - and so the offenders can be prosecuted.
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