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Addict who stole from railway car parks jailed

PUBLISHED: 17:10 16 August 2010

Paul Stone, 28, was jailed after admitting stealing to fund his drug habit

Paul Stone, 28, was jailed after admitting stealing to fund his drug habit

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A serial car park thief who waged an eight-month crime campaign in railway car parks has been jailed for 20 months

Paul Stone, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today after pleading guilty to 26 counts of theft from motor vehicles.

This comes after an additional 43 offences were taken into consideration following a British Transport Police (BTP) investigation.

Detective Constable Jane Hill said Stone’s thieving spree saw thefts from motor vehicles at railway car parks in Greenwich, Bexley, Lewisham and Kent between August 2009 and April 2010.

She said: “Stone smashed car windows to steal sat-navs, sunglasses, wallets, tobacco and on one occasion just two pounds sterling – pretty much anything that wasn’t fixed to the vehicle.

“When it became clear that the thefts from vehicles were not just one-off, chance thefts, we seized CCTV footage from each station and after viewing hours of footage and were able to place Stone at the scene of every crime, as well as capturing him breaking into many of the vehicles.”

Stone was caught on April 20 when two plain clothes officers making enquiries in a pawnbroker’s shop in Lee, Lewisham, spotted him trying to sell jewellery.

DC Hill added: “He was arrested and was later linked to the further offences, which he admitted carrying out to raise money to feed his drug habit.

“Given the sustained nature of his offences, Stone was obviously willing to go to any lengths to steal to fund his drug taking.

“This resulted in at least £3,760 in damage to vehicles, causing misery to many commuters who had the inconvenience of getting windows and valuables replaced.

“Our message to commuters is to ensure they keep valuables like phones, sat-nav devices and the like out of sight or preferably not in the vehicle and to report to police anyone they see acting suspiciously in car parks.”

To report anyone acting suspiciously in a station car park, call BTP on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.

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