A THIEF has been forced to pay for the milk he stole from Chichester earlier on this year.
Between January 25 and February 9, eight bottles of milk were stolen from properties in Grosvenor Road, Belgrave Crescent and Stockbridge Road
These thefts affected a number of local residents who regularly had their milk delivered by the local dairy – which suffered financial loss.
Each theft was reported to police and investigated by a local officer. Through the use of DNA, officers were able to locate the offender.
The youth, a 17-year-old boy from Bognor Regis, involved made a full admission in April and has been dealt with by community resolution.
He paid the dairy £43.32 this month for the for the amount of milk he stole.
PC David Lyons, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “This type of crime seems minor to some members of the community but if you are having your milk stolen on a regular basis, not only is it an inconvenience but it also has cost implications.
“Thankfully on this occasion we were able to catch the culprit. We ask that residents call us and let us know what is happening in their local areas so that we can act and do what we can to help.”