Man jailed after motor theft offences

Officers investigating a series of burglary incidents and thefts from motor vehicles over the weekend have arrested a man, who was jailed after pleading guilty in court for the offences that occurred just days before.

Fareham Police were called to reports in the early hours of Sunday morning (January 9) which stated a man had been trying car door handles in Upper St Michaels Grove, Longmynd Drive and Appleton Road.

Upon arriving it was confirmed that a couple of cars had seen items stolen, including a purse and some loose change. Following enquiries by officers, a 38-year-old man from Fareham was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted burglary and attempted theft from a motor vehicle.

This man was named as Steven Anthony Holle of Wallington Shore Road; who was charged with theft from a motor vehicle, and four counts of vehicle interference late on Monday evening.

He appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning where he admitted these offences, and was jailed immediately for 4 months. Hoile was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £128.

In a press release on their Facebook page, police thanked everyone who assisted with the investigation and who reported information to the force. This came after an appeal for witnesses or any information, which ultimately led to the conviction.

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