A man and a youth have been convicted and sentenced for a spate of vehicle crimes in the Longlevens area of Gloucester.
Dominik Cehlarik, 18 and of Regent Street, Gloucester, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court last Friday (6 April) to theft from a motor vehicle, five counts of vehicle interference, six counts of handling stolen goods, two counts of driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, two counts of using a motor vehicle without insurance and possession of cannabis.
He was sentenced to six months in prison, disqualified from driving for nine months and ordered to pay compensation for a broken window.
A 17-year-old male youth also pleaded guilty to three counts of theft from a motor vehicle.
He was given a six month youth referral order and ordered to wear a tag for three months and to abide by a curfew. He also had to pay costs of £85.
PC Jonathan Eaton said: “These crimes caused considerable harm in the community so I hope these outcomes reassure local residents.
“Between January and March there were over 40 vehicle crimes in the Longlevens area but since Cehlarik’s arrest in the middle of March we’ve had just four so it shows how big an impact one or two offenders can have.
“Our officers worked hard to secure these convictions and I hope they demonstrate our commitment to tackling the crimes that affect our communities the most.”