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Dorset PoliceA man has been jailed after committing a burglary at a residential property and stealing a charity box from a business in Gillingham.

Dylan Leslie Brewer, 39 and of Orchard Court in Gillingham, appeared at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Friday 18 June 2021 and pleaded guilty to burglary and theft. He was sentenced to 32 weeks in prison.

At around 2.45am on Monday 17 May 2021 the victim woke up in his property on Hyde Road and went downstairs to discover his living room door was open.

A 32-inch television and a remote control was missing from the address.

An examination of the scene was carried out and fingerprints were recovered from a lead that had been connected to the television, as well as a door handle. These fingerprints were found to be a match for Brewer.

He was arrested on Tuesday 18 May 2021 in connection with the burglary.

At around 11.55am on Monday 17 May 2021 Brewer entered Cavell Cleaning on the High Street and spoke to a member of staff at the till. He asked whether the shop repaired shoes and he was told no and directed to shops nearby.

A few days later staff at the shop realised that a charity box for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance had been stolen.

When they checked their CCTV system, the defendant was captured on footage stealing the charity box and was identified by an officer as Brewer.

Neighbourhood Inspector Simon Perry, of North and East Dorset police, said: ‘It is unacceptable for someone to steal personal property and money that was intended to go to charity.

‘I am pleased that through the investigations conducted we were able to identify Brewer as the culprit and bring him before the court to face justice for his actions.’

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