Man jailed for 12 weeks for theft from and criminal damage to vehicles

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A man has been jailed for 12 weeks after pleading guilty to criminal damage and theft from motorbikes.

Jason Cox, aged 39, of Holton Hill, Emerson Valley, was sentenced at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on Monday (22/6).

Cox pleaded guilty to three counts of theft from vehicle and two counts of criminal damage to vehicle relating to offences committed between Tuesday, June 16 and Friday, June 19.

Overnight between June 16 and June 17, Cox stole a pushbike and £20 in change from a car in Bletchley.

The same stolen bike was subsequently used to commit a second offence, on June 18, in which Cox smashed a car window and stole a mobile phone.

A witness took photographs of Cox while he was in the process of committing the offence as he leaned in through the front passenger window which had been smashed.

Mr Cox is clearly identifiable from the photographs as the offender, as was the stolen bike from the first offence, which was later recovered from his home.

The third offence was committed on 19 June when Cox smashed the rear passenger window smashed of a car and stole a cream handbag, a purse containing bank cards and an iPhone 6 which was damaged during the theft.

Cox was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment for the theft from motor vehicle offences, with a further six weeks for the criminal damage to vehicle, to run concurrently.

Det Sgt Simon Tyas said: “This was a good example of what we can achieve working alongside alert members of the public.

“I would like to thank the person who witnessed one of the offences for having the presence of mind to photograph the offender.

“This enabled a prompt arrest which led to recovery of stolen property. Together this presented an insurmountable case causing the offender to plead guilty at the first court hearing.”