A bungling Worksop thief has been caught in the act by a police capture car - for the third time.
Stevie Richardson was photographed breaking into one of the specially equipped vehicles and stealing a smartphone and sat nav when it was parked in Ely Close.
The 32-year-old was arrested by officers later that day after they recognised him as a previous car crime offender.
Richardson, of Clinton Street, Manton, appeared at Worksop Magistrates’ Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to theft.
He was given a six month supervised community order and must also pay £145 costs.
Neighbourhood inspector Phil Davies said: “Where possible, we use the capture tactic to kit out items that are desired and sought after by criminals. It is used effectively across the Force in vehicles, including bicycles, and even in handbags.”
“In this case, Richardson was caught red-handed, and it wasn’t for the first time.”
“We are working hard to reduce vehicle crime in West Bassetlaw and the capture technique is just one of the many tactics we are using.”
“Currently, there are ten less people who have had items stolen from their cars compared to this time last year.”
“We have, however, more recently seen an increase in the theft of vehicles, namely 4x4 vehicles, with 12 more vehicles being stolen this year.”
“You can help us by locking the doors and closing the windows of your vehicles, and don’t leave items on display that may tempt thieves. Park in a locked garage, where possible, or a well-lit, busy area. Report suspicious activity around vehicles to police immediately.”
Capture cars look like any vehicle on the road could be parked up anywhere, from driveways and roadsides to car parks. They have been fitted with state-of-the-art technology to allow police to catch offenders in the act.
If you suspect someone of being involved in car crime or the handling of stolen goods call police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.