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Men charged with seven city thefts

Two men appeared before Brighton magistrates on New Year’s Day charged with a string of commercial burglaries, including seven in Chichester.


Both were remanded in custody to await sentence at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, January 28.


Andrew Richard Lewin, 43, unemployed, of Eldon Road, Caterham, Surrey, and Gary Roland Reilly, 51, a railway worker, of Purley Vale, Purley, Surrey, were arrested in Guildford on December 30.


Both men pleaded guilty to being jointly concerned in the following burglaries in Chichester on December 27, at the Chichester Enterprise Centre in Terminus Road, Chichester.


Entering Dropship Spy Ltd and stealing a Samsung TV; entering New World Ltd and stealing a Samsung mobile phone; entering Oak Construction Ltd and stealing an IBM computer; entering Rodd Brown Ltd and stealing a Lenovo laptop; entering Arkle Acquisitions Ltd and stealing a cashbox containing £20 cash; entering Book Folly Ltd with intent to steal; entering Springhouse Solicitors with intent to steal.


Lewin denied a charge of being jointly involved with Reilly in entering Grosvenor House, Station Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, on November 11, with intent to steal. Reilly admitted the offence.


Both men also pleaded guilty to being jointly concerned in the following: on November 20, entering Springfield Road, Horsham, and stealing a quantity of Dell laptops and a bottle of champagne; on the same date and at the same location attempting to enter Anys and Kreston Reeves with intent to steal.


On December 28, entering Data 2 Basepoint, Caxton Close, Portway, Andover, Hampshire, and stealing an unknown number of laptops.


Following the hearing, Detective Sergeant Jason Vickers, of Sussex Police, said: “This was a complex case involving investigations by officers across three counties, but close co-operation and dedicated police work has resulted in these persistent offenders being brought before justices and admitting their crimes.”

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