A man has been jailed for numerous vehicle offences in West Sussex.
On 7 November at around 12am, police were alerted to a man trying doors in Arden Road, Crawley. It was then reported later that morning that the suspect had stolen around £30 in cash.
Officers were called to another vehicle-related incident on 26 December at around 10.30pm in Sandeman Way, Horsham.
A man was seen trying a car but the victim – a 49-year-old man from Horsham – detained him until police arrived. Ashley Ascoli, 30, of Brookers Road, Billingshurst was arrested.
Ascoli was charged with theft from a motor vehicle and vehicle inference.
He was also charged with possession of crack cocaine and assault, following an incident on 14 October where he attacked a woman.
He pleaded guilty to all four offences when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 28 December and was sentenced to 49 weeks’ imprisonment.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter said: “Ascoli was persistent in his offending and we are aware of the impact this type of criminality has on local communities.
“We will continue to be robust in our approach to tackling vehicle crime and I urge anyone who see’s anyone acting suspiciously in their communities to report this through to 101 or crime stoppers anonymous.”