A prolific burglar who committed ten offences in Hastings has been jailed.
Peter Harlow appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday 8 August and was sentenced to 54 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to seven counts of burglary and three counts of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing.
The court heard that on Thursday 20 April, Harlow, 36, of Kilnmead, Northgate, Crawley, broke into a property in Lower Park Road and stole a bicycle, camera and jewellery. His DNA was found at the scene.
Later that day, Harlow forced entry into a property in Redmayne Drive and carried out an untidy search. His fingerprints were found at the scene.
On Sunday 23 April, Harlow broke into a property in The Green, St Leonards, and stole a bank card which he later used at a store in Bohemia Road. CCTV showed Harlow using the card.
The next day, on Monday 24 April, Harlow was seen on CCTV in possession of a hatchet axe, having stolen a bank card and cash from an address in Priory Close. He later used this bank card at Morrisons in Queens Road, before attempting to use it another two times at an off license in Queens Road, but both transactions were declined.
Later that day, he stole jewellery, cash and a bank card reader at a property in Braybrooke Road. His fingerprints were found on a bottle of whisky inside the address and he was later seen on CCTV attempting to sell items of jewellery at Moons Jewellery in Robertson Street.
On Tuesday 25 April, Harlow forced entry into a property in Charles Road West, St Leonards, and stole bank cards, a push bike, an iPad and an iPhone. The following day, he was seen on CCTV searching various rooms at an address in Chapel Park Road, before making off on a stolen bicycle.
Harlow was subsequently arrested on Saturday 29 April. He was later charged with seven counts of burglary and three counts of fraud by false representation, and remanded in custody.
Detective Sergeant Jason Tuck, from the Hastings investigations team, said: “Harlow’s blatant offending caused a great deal of stress and upset for the victims.
“Burglary is something we take incredibly seriously. It has both a financial and emotional impact on its victims, as it is an invasion of their homes and the place they should feel most safe.
“We are committed to attending all reports, providing support to victims and identifying those responsible for criminality.
“If you see anything suspicious or have any concerns, always report it to us online, via 101, or by dialling 999 in an emergency.”