A SERIAL thief has been jailed for stealing bikes, deodorant and non-alcoholic spirits from Leamington town centre over a five week period.
Between February 10 and March 13, Trevor Myles, 42, of Charlotte Street stole two bicycles from Livery Street and Warwick Street after cutting the locks, five bottles of non-alcoholic spirits from a shop in The Parade which he then sold, and deodorant from a shop in The Priors.
CCTV operators contacted police when they spotted Myles stealing the bike in Warwick Street. Officers attended and arrested him in Clement Street. CCTV footage linked him to the other incidents.
Myles pleaded guilty to all four thefts and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment and ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge. He was also convicted of failing to appear in court.
PC Nicola Stubbs, who led the investigation, said: “These types of thefts have a big impact on our local communities. Thanks to the quick thinking of CCTV operators, we were able to act quickly to apprehend Myles and secure this conviction.
“This sentence should give a clear message to criminals wishing to commit this type of crime that we are looking out for you and we will take action.”
Coun Judy Falp, Warwick District Council’s spokeswoman for Community Protection, said: “We’re pleased to have played an important role in the detection of this crime and the quick apprehension of the individual. Our operators tracked his movements and kept in contact with the police throughout, and provided further CCTV evidence to support the conviction.
“Our CCTV team are the eyes of the district, and working together with partners such as Warwickshire Police we help to keep the district safe, reducing crime and the fear of crime.”