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Man, 34, who stole about £3,800 from car park ticket machines in High Wycombe is jailed for 10 months

| August 6, 2015

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A 34 year old man of no fixed address has been jailed for 10 months after stealing about £3,800 from car park ticket machines in High Wycombe.

The man repeatedly targeted car park ticket machines in the town by forcing them open and stealing up to more than £600 at a time.

On Tuesday 4th August 2015, at Aylesbury Crown Court, the man was sentenced to a total of 10 months’ imprisonment after admitting a total of 10 counts of criminal damage and 10 counts of theft from a parking ticket machine.

The man was also ordered to pay £900 criminal court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

For criminal damage to the ticket machine at Swan car park on Sunday 26th July 2015 in which he stole £608.10 he was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for one count of theft from a car park ticket machine and two months’ imprisonment to run concurrently.

His Honour Judge Francis Sheridan sat as a district judge to sentence [the man] to four months’ imprisonment for one count of theft from a car park ticket machine and two months’ imprisonment to run consecutively for one count of criminal damage to a ticket machine at Swan car park on Friday 17th July 2015 in which the man stole £349.40.

The man was also found to be in breach of a suspended sentence and ordered to serve 18 weeks’ imprisonment to run concurrently.

The suspended sentence was handed down at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 16th June 2015 and suspended for two years after the man pleaded guilty to six counts of theft from a car park ticket machine and six counts of criminal damage to a ticket machine. The offences happened on Sunday 17th, Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th May 2015 in which about £2,850 was stolen.

Investigating officer, PC Rebecca Benfield of High Wycombe Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: ‘[the man] repeatedly stole from car park machines, causing damage in the process.

This is an excellent result which means a repeat offender no longer poses a threat to our community.

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