A man is set to be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court later this month after he admitted to four counts of breaking into and stealing tools and other items from cars and vans.
Paul Rowe, aged 37 and of Grenville Road, also pleaded guilty to the charge of going equipped and possessing a quantity of cannabis on March 8 this year.
The court heard that Rowe was spotted removing property from a white van in Glendower Road in the early hours by a neighbor who called 999.
Read next: Council pledge to target antisocial behavior and support victims
Police immediately attended and tracked down Rowe who was nearby. A search of him found a screwdriver and a torch, along with a pair of gold earrings and a silver women’s bracelet and a bank card belonging to another man. Further searches revealed a mobile phone which bore a different name to Rowe’s.
A nearby backpack was also found which contained a number of tools, glasses, wedding anniversary mugs, binoculars and a drill and charger.
A search of the area resulted in police discovering a number of items including a Dewalt sander, a padded jacket and a brown wallet.
Further inquiries related to the items found resulted in police charging Rowe with a number of other thefts from vehicles in Westbourne Road, Durban Road and Glendower Road.
Rowe pleaded guilty to the counts at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was remanded into custody. He will next appear at Plymouth Crown Court on March 16.
Police have said they intend to make a ‘CRASBO’ application – a ‘criminally related’ ASBO which aims to tackle persistent offenders – following the sentencing hearing.
Get the best stories about the things you love most curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day. Choose what you love here