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Man sentenced following vehicle crimes in Watford

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, 24 June, to report three men believed to be trying door handles on parked vehicles. It is reported that on two occasions the men had entered the vehicles and took items from inside.

Officers arrived quickly 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.

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Haben Ghebreamlak, aged 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.

On Tuesday 25 June, 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.”

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