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30 WEEKS’ IMPRISONMENT: Man sentenced following vehicle crimes in Watford

 Published on: 26th June 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been sentenced following a report of vehicle interferences and a theft from a vehicle in Watford.

Police were called just before 4.30am on Monday, June 24, to reports that three men were believed to be trying door handles on parked vehicles. On two occasions, the men were said to have entered the vehicles and taken items from inside.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene and searched the area for the suspects. Three men were located nearby and subsequently detained and searched. One man was arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and theft from a vehicle after items that were believed to be stolen were recovered.

Haben Ghebreamlak, 34, of Charter Place, was charged with theft from a motor vehicle and one count of vehicle interference and was remanded into custody to appear before court.

Yesterday (Tuesday, June 25), Ghebreamlak pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 30 weeks’ imprisonment, taking into account the breach of a previous suspended sentence which subsequently became active. He was also ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

Inspector Dan Jones, from the Watford Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I’d like to thank the member of the public who called in at the time. This enabled us to respond immediately and make the arrest.

“It’s also a positive result as we can now return the stolen items to their rightful owner.

“I’d like to remind everyone that if you see someone acting suspiciously or something doesn’t feel right, please don’t hesitate to contact us. This incident is a great example of how we can respond quickly and catch criminals as soon as it has been reported to us.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org

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