A PROLIFIC thief who broke into three cars in one night has been jailed.
Aaron Brown stole an air rifle, a sat nav, an iPod, sunglasses and other items from two cars in Braemar Avenue, Cosham, and one in nearby Lordington Close.
The 19-year-old was caught after members of the public saw him breaking into the cars and dialled 999.
Brown tried to get away in a taxi but the police pulled the cab over in Havant Road and found him with a bag full of stolen goods in the back.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Brown has 25 previous convictions for theft. He is known to police for breaking into cars and has previously had an Asbo because of his offending. He also has convictions for criminal damage and assault.
Unemployed Brown, of Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft from a motor vehicle following the offences in May.
He also admitted not attending court for sentencing in June.
Hannah Duncan, defending, said Brown often offended due to peer pressure and needed help to stop offending: ‘It is clear that he does not have the mental ability to break the cycle himself,’ she said. ‘It’s more like talking to a 13-year-old than a 19-year-old.’
Judge Ian Pearson sentenced him to 30 weeks in a young offenders’ institution.