A teenager who broke into a car and burgled a house has been caught and prosecuted - all within days of the crimes happening.
Jake Cramp, 18, of Collyer Avenue, Bognor Regis, broke into a midwife’s car and a house in South Bank, Chichester, on the morning of Tuesday, January 7.
He took laptops and a camera from the house and medical equipment from the car.
A police spokesman said: “Enquiries by officers led to the tracking down of a witness who was able to give a partial description of a man in a distinctive jacket who had been acting suspiciously in the area that morning.
“The next day a PCSO in Chichester spotted Cramp wearing a similar jacket and alerted colleagues who arrested the 18-year-old.”
Cramp admitted both crimes when interviewed and officers were able to trace and recover all of the items and return them to their owners.
On Thursday, January 9, Cramp was charged with burglary and theft from a motor vehicle.
He appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court the following day where he pleaded guilty to the charges.
Cramp received a community order and will be electronically tagged whilst the subject of a night time curfew. He was also ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.
Sussex Police launched Operation Magpie to tackle burglary across the county.
Detective constable Mark Burgess, of Chichester CID, said: “From the offence being committed to the perpetrator being convicted with all property recovered and returned was a remarkable three days.
“This is an example of the public and police working together to identify an offender and bring him swiftly to justice.”
Anyone with information about burglaries should call 101 or email email@example.com.
If you see a burglary taking place call 999.