A MAN who stole a collection box and committed a burglary was sentenced to 32 weeks in prison.
Dylan Leslie Brewer, 39, of Orchard Court, Gillingham, stole the charity box, benefiting the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, from a store in Gillingham just before noon on Monday May 17th, reported the Poole court.
In the early hours of the same day, a burglary was reported at a property on Hyde Road in the North Dorset town.
The burglary victim woke up at his home at around 2:45 a.m. and came downstairs to find that his living room door was open.
It lacked a 32 inch television and a remote control.
Crime scene investigators recovered fingerprints from a wire that had been connected to the television, as well as a doorknob. Those fingerprints were matched to Brewer.
Dorset Police said that at 11:55 a.m. on May 17 Brewer entered Cavell Cleaning, High Street, Gillingham, and spoke to a member of the cashier’s staff.
He asked if the store was fixing the shoes and was told no and directed to nearby stores.
A few days later, the store staff realized that the charity box was missing. When they checked their CCTV system, Brewer – who was identified by a police officer – was seen stealing the charity box.
Neighborhood Inspector Simon Perry, North and East Dorset Police said: “It is unacceptable for someone to steal personal property and money intended for charity.
“I am happy that thanks to the investigations we have been able to identify Brewer as the culprit and bring him to court to be brought to justice for his actions.”
Brewer was convicted by Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 18, after pleading guilty to burglary and theft.