Jail for serial thief

12/07/2017 11:18:52

A MAN who admitted a string of thefts from vehicles in Eye, near Peterborough, has been jailed for 12 weeks.

Paul Priestley, 39, (picture link below) was arrested on Thursday (July 6) in connection with a theft of clothing from a car at Brotherhood Retail Park in Peterborough on June 19.

Priestley, of no fixed address, had been identified through CCTV and admitted theft.

He also asked for a further 12 offences of theft from vehicle, all in Eye and during June and July, to be taken into consideration.

He was remanded and appeared at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Saturday (July 8) where he was jailed and made the subject of a criminal behaviour order for two years.

The order bans him from touching or entering any unattended vehicle without the permission of the owner and he can be sent back to prison if he breaches it.

Detective Sergeant Tom Rowe said: "Priestley has been a one-man crime wave over recent weeks in Eye and I'm sure local people will be relieved he's now been brought to justice.

"It is a great result and the criminal behaviour order also provides a longer term deterrent to prevent further offences. Not many of these orders are issued and I hope it provides extra reassurance for the community."

Paul Priestley

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