A burglar from Brighton has been sentenced by magistrates after he admitted a break in and criminal damage.
Jack Halls, 19, of Ludlow Rise, Bevendean, pleaded guilty to a burglary in Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton, and criminal damage to pictures in Horsted Court, Kingscote Way.
Halls was made the subject of a community order. He was ordered to do 160 hours of community service and pay £150 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Sussex Police said that Halls was arrested as part of Operation Magpie which was set up to tackle burglary.
The force said that he was one of a number of recent arrests.
- Nicholas McGreal, 40, who has been charged with burgling two houseboats at Brighton Marina on Saturday 18 October. McGreal, of Trevenson Road, Redruth, Cornwall, was remanded in custody to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on Monday 5 January. A suspect held after a burglary in Wiston Road, Brighton, on Saturday 13 December and aggravated vehicle taking. He was released on bail until Tuesday 13 January.
- A 13-year-old girl held after burglaries in Nevill Avenue and Hangleton Valley Drive, Hove, and an attempted burglary at Blatchington Mill School. She is also suspected of interfering with a vehicle in Hangleton Valley Drive. The girl was released on bail until Wednesday 4 February.
- A 30-year-old man suspected of a burglary in Cavendish Place, Brighton. He was released on bail until Monday 19 January.
- A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of a burglary in Islingword Road, Brighton, on Wednesday 17 December. He was released on bail until Saturday 31 January.
- A 22-year-old man and a 56-year-old man held on suspicion of a burglary in Duke Street, Brighton. They were released on bail until Saturday 7 February.
- A 37-year-old man arrested after two burglaries in Port Hall Road, Brighton, on Monday 8 December. He was released on bail until Tuesday 6 January.
Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: “We’re grateful to the public for all the help they have given us this year to identify and arrest burglars.
“With their help we have been able to get dozens of offenders off the streets, meaning fewer homes and businesses have been targeted by thieves.
“But we still need the help and support of the community to find those burglars who are still at large.
“If you see anyone behaving suspiciously in your area or have any information about burglaries please contact us immediately.
“The information you have might prevent you or one of your neighbours from becoming a victim.”
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