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Station car crime thief jailed

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A drug addict who carried out a £38,000 car crime spree by breaking into more than 100 vehicles parked at railway stations over an eight-week period has been jailed for 20 months.

Paul Amores was responsible for a number of motorists having to make car insurance claims after he stole items such as sat navs and golf clubs from vehicles between September 19 and November 11 last year.

His "crime wave" came to an end when police carrying out routine checks found some sat navs in his car and an investigation then connected him to thefts in Surrey, Kent, East Sussex and south London.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court in London, the 35-year-old from Beckenham admitted seven counts of theft, one of attempted theft and asked for another 108 offences to be taken into consideration.

Judge Andrew Goymer said: "I bear in mind you not only pleaded guilty to these offences but co-operated with police and have helped them clear up a large number of other offences which might well have gone undetected and you are entitled to full credit for that."

Mr Amores was also given a five-year anti-social behaviour order and as part of his conditions he is not allowed to enter any car parks at stations or interfere with vehicles.

© Press Association 2009