Two convicted of vehicle crime in Horsham
Two men have been brought before the courts in connection with vehicle crime in Horsham.
Christopher Light was arrested on Monday 17 September in Amundsen Road, Horsham, after a member of a public spotted him breaking into a car.
Light, 39, of Andrews Road, Southwater, was arrested and charged with theft from a motor vehicle. He appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 18 September and was given a 12 month conditional discharge and two fines, totaling £105.
On Wednesday 19 September officers were on patrol in Fenby Close, Horsham, when they noticed a man acting suspiciously around a car.
Darion Bates, 51, was arrested and charged with three counts of vehicle interference. Bates of Holmes Road, Horsham, was remanded on bail and appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on the same day.
Bates was given a 12 month community order, a rehabilitation activity requirement and a 12 month exclusion order from Fenby Close, Horsham.
Prevention Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “We listened to the concerns of the residents in Horsham and wanted to robustly tackle the issue of theft from vehicles.
“We have seen success in this action and will continue to actively patrol these areas in a bid to stamp out this behaviour.
“We do ask motorists however, to help us with this action by reducing their risk of becoming a victim by removing any valuables from their vehicles, ensuring all windows and doors are locked and parking in brightly-lit areas.
"We're also encouraging anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious, or who is unfortunate enough to become a victim of theft themselves, to report it to police immediately using 999. Other information that may be of help can be sent online or by phoning 101."