Man jailed for burglary and fraud offences

12 June 2019
A man who admitted burglary and fraud offences in Bournemouth has been jailed for a year.

Perre Whewell, 28 and of Hawthorn Road in Bournemouth, was sentenced at Poole Magistrates' Court on Friday 7 June 2019 after pleading guilty to two burglaries and four counts of fraud.

The first burglary offence occurred on Friday 22 March 2019 at Complete Dry Cleaning on Holdenhurst Road. Staff had finished cleaning a coat, valued at £800, and had hung it up at the rear of the store to air. A short time later they discovered it had disappeared. CCTV footage was obtained and showed a man picking up the coat, putting it on and then walking away. Officers identified the offender as Whewell.

The second burglary happened at a care home off Capstone Road in the town on Thursday 30 May 2019 when a mobile phone and purse belonging to a staff member was stolen.

The victim contacted the bank and discovered that her cards had already been used for two contactless payments at the nearby Golden Supermarket store.

Whewell was again identified from CCTV footage taken at the store.

The other fraud offences relate to the use of a stolen bank card on Friday 26 April 2019 at Asia Food World and Boscombe Superstore. Yet again Whewell was captured on CCTV using the card.

Whewell was arrested on Thursday 6 June 2019 and charged the same day.

Detective Sergeant Adam Gill, of Bournemouth CID, said “Perre Whewell committed a serious of offences that caused his victims great upset and inconvenience.

“Dorset Police takes these offences extremely seriously and we are committed to investigating them and bringing the offenders before the court.”

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