Kirkby man jailed for car break-ins

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A Kirkby man who admitted stealing from vehicles in the town has been jailed.

Dean William Burgin (43) was arrested at around 5am on Sunday 17th April by officers responding to a report of suspicious activity in Cherry Avenue.

He was later charged with theft of a satellite navigation system and other items from a van in Shelford Avenue, and with possession of morphine tablets prescribed to another person.

Appearing before magistrates in Mansfield on Monday, Burgin admitted both offences.

He also asked for two more thefts from vehicles and an offence of vehicle interference, all in Cherry Avenue, to be taken into consideration.

Burgin, who gave his address as Beacon Drive, was given a 28-day jail sentence, but he is also in breach of his licence conditions following his release from prison.

Ashfield North Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Andy Clarke said: “Burgin can best be described as an inveterate thief, who has an extensive criminal record going back many years.

“His conviction on this occasion is due to the diligence of a member of the public who had the presence of mind to report suspicious activity as it was occurring, the prompt response of officers who arrested Burgin at the scene, and the collation of evidence by detectives which resulted in him being charged.

“Although his sentence may appear relatively short, he is in breach of his licence and it may be that he remains behind bars for considerably longer than the 28 days handed down by the magistrates.

”We had experienced a recent slight increase in vehicle crime in Kirkby and, hopefully, Burgin’s arrest and imprisonment will correspond with a decline in that activity.

“We would also, however, like to stress to vehicle owners that it is not advisable to leave any items of value in cars or vans overnight, or even at any time when they are unattended.”