Justin Chappell, aged 40 and of Poole, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 9 February 2024 and was sentenced after pleading guilty to five offences of burglary.

Firstly, at around 1.50pm on Tuesday 27 June 2023, Chappell stole tools and bankcards from a vehicle in Allens Road in Upton. The bankcards were later used fraudulently to purchase items at the Spar store in Turlin Road.

Then, at around 5.15am on Thursday 31 August 2023, home security footage captured Chappell and another man forcing entry into the garage of a property in Turlin Road, where they stole a white Boardman bike.

Furthermore, at around 6.30pm on Thursday 7 September 2023, Chappell entered a property in Poole Road in Upton and stole a bankcard. CCTV enquiries from officers showed Chappell making fraudulent purchases at the Co-op store in Creekmoor.

Then, on Monday 25 September 2023, Chappell forced entry to a property in Borley Road in Poole and stole large quantities of jewellery. On the same day at around 6.45am, CCTV obtained from the home security cameras of a property in the same street showed Chappell leaving carrying a stolen shovel. Following enquiries from officers it was discovered that Chappell had sold large quantities of gold to a local pawn shop, which were later identified as belonging to the victim. The shop worked with officers to return the jewellery to the victim.

Finally, in the early hours of Friday 20 October 2023 Chappell was apprehended by officers in Blandford Road after he was seen cycling on a black and green Carrera bike that was reported as stolen from a property in Dawkins Road the previous day.

Chappell was arrested and subsequently charged with five counts of burglary.

Investigations Officer Max Surman, of Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “We recognise the impact burglaries have on both residents and commercial properties.

“Thanks to our enquiries, we were able to identify Justin Chappell as the man responsible for these offences and bring him before the court to face justice.

“Dorset Police will always endeavour to take a positive approach to the issue of burglaries and other serious acquisitive crimes in the county.”

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