Two men convicted of Pulborough wine thefts

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TWO men have been convicted of burglary following a spate of break-ins at a wine merchants in Pulborough.

On 4 December last year, police were called to Hennings Wine Merchants, in Lower Street, following a reports a quantity of wine had been stolen.

A short time later, police stopped Karl Price, 25, and Douglas Seeley, 24, both from Pulborough, in the area. Both men were found in possession of the stolen property and subsequently arrested. When searched by officers, Seeley was also found in possession of a hunting-style knife.

Price was charged with two counts of burglary at Hennings on November 28 and December 4, last year, and failing to answer police bail.

He appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on February 11 where he pleaded guilty to all offences and was given a six month community and supervision order, and ordered to pay £241.94 in compensation together with £85 costs.

Seeley was charged with burglary on December 4 and possessing a bladed article in a public place. He appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 28, and pleaded guilty to both offences. He was fined £750 and ordered to pay £100 costs for the knife offence, and fined £1,500 for the burglary.

Investigating officer PC Ollie Pullen, from Steyning neighbourhood response team, said: “Hennings has suffered a number of break-ins over recent months. As a result, the Pulborough Local Action Team (LAT) installed additional CCTV in the store.

“The installation and quality of this CCTV undoubtedly contributed to the positive result in this investigation and is a clear demonstration of how effective partnership working within the local community can be in tackling crime. I would like to thank Hennings Wine Merchants, Pulborough LAT and the witnesses who have assisted in this case.”