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Man jailed for a series of burglaries at Hove businesses

News   •   Sep 19, 2019 16:30 BST

A man has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to carrying out eight burglaries at businesses in Hove in the summer.

Muhhammed Ahmed, 35, of Ingram Crescent West, Hove, was sentenced at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (18 September) after he admitted eight charges of burglary, possession of cocaine and breaching a conditional discharge issued in April this year for shoplifting.

The court heard that Ahmed broke into various shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses including Flowers Unlimited in Portland Road, on 11 June, Billies Cafe in Goldstone Villas on 16 June, Harrisons of Hove in Montefiore Road on 25 June, the Artista Studio in Waterloo Street, on 5 July, Le Nantais Bisto, Church Road on 7 July, Viksi Salon, Victoria Terrace on 13 August, the Art Shop and Pottery, Western Road, on 19 August and Cafe Ninety in Blatchington Road, Hove, on 5 September.

He stole cash, bottles of alcohol, electronic devices and other property from the businesses he broke into as well as damaging their doors and windows to gain access.

Ahmed also breached a community order which had been issued in October last year for battery, possession of cocaine and failing to surrender to custody last August. He was sentenced concurrently for the breach.

Detective Inspector Ian Still said: "Ahmed carried out a series of burglaries at businesses in Hove over the summer months which impacted on the community in this part of the city. We worked hard to investigate these offences along with help from the business community and members of the public and are pleased he is now behind bars."