A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail following a number of thefts in Mid-Sussex, Sussex Police has said.
On January 9, John Frank Green, of no fixed address, was caught on CCTV selling several items that had been stolen from a house in Oathall Road, Haywards Heath, the previous day.
According to police he then went on to steal a handbag from the Holy Trinity Church, in Cuckfield, on January 26.
On 28 January, Green broke into a van in Staplefield stealing a bag of clothes before entering a house, stealing a set of car keys and then driving off in the owner’s car.
He was arrested later that day in Cuckfield and subsequently charged with burglary dwelling, handling stolen goods, theft from church and theft from a motor vehicle.
Green appeared at Hove Crown Court on August 10, pleading guilty to all four offences. Speaking after the verdict, investigating officer Detective Constable Emma Dumbrell said: “ I am very happy with the sentence as it reflects the seriousness of these offences, in particular the burglary to the victim’s house.
“It cannot be underestimated the effect these crimes have on their victims so I am pleased that Green admitted his guilt and received a custodial sentence which I hope will reassure the victims that we have done all we can to bring him to justice.”