A prolific burglar from Brighton with 70 convictions from 192 offences over many years has been jailed.
Simon Hornby, 51, of Lewes Road in Brighton, was sentenced to 32 months in prison on August 19 at Hove Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary.
The court heard that at around 9.15pm on February 21, 2020, Hornby kicked in the door of a flat above a pub in Ditchling Road, Brighton, but was confronted by a resident.
A verbal altercation ensued in which Hornby claimed to be looking for the toilet, but after being shown to the pub’s bathroom downstairs he declined to use it and left the building.
Shortly after he returned and once again had an altercation with the resident, before leaving.
Around 15 minutes later, Hornby gained access to the back office of a pub in York Place by posing as a security officer and observed the CCTV monitors for more than 25 minutes.
Several bank cards were also discovered stolen from a locker.
Hornby was identified by several witnesses through CCTV footage at the Ditchling Road pub and was arrested by officers on March 3, 2020, where it was discovered he was on bail in relation to several other theft-related charges.
The circumstances of the other charges were very similar to the York Place incident, in which he gained access to the back rooms of businesses and stole items from inside.
He had also been arrested, charged and convicted of dozens of other crimes, often involving thefts from businesses and residences.
He was sentenced to 32 months in prison for burglary with intent to steal (dwelling) and six months in prison for burglary in other than a dwelling, to run concurrently. Hornby was also ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge.
Sergeant Barrett of the Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Simon Hornby is infamous among the traders of Brighton and Hove as a notorious thief with a string of prior convictions over many years.
“This latest custodial sentence shows that we will continue to protect our business community from crime and bring perpetrators to justice.
"We thank the traders, businesses and the public of Brighton for their support in obtaining this prosecution."