Antique thief pleads guilty to four charges

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A MAN who broke into an antiques shop and stole thousands of pounds of jewellery has pleaded guilty.

He also admitted to breaking into a caravan and stealing precious family items, including medals from the Second World War, which belonged to the caravan owner’s late father.

Andrew Bishop, 42, of Milton Road, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to the charges at Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday.

Bishop broke into a caravan parked outside a house on Fareham Road, Gosport, in May. He stole items including war medals, a gold wedding ring, a silver pocket watch, gold coins, a Royal Albert tea set and a Royal Doulton bowl. He also broke into a shed in the neighbour’s garden.

On the same day, Bishop broke into a shed along Village Road, Gosport and stole a spade. He then used the spade to break into Past & Present antiques shop, also on Village Road.

The items taken were of substantial value, silver jewellery worth £5,000 and gold worth £20,000, and the owner was uninsured.

The case was adjourned for sentencing. Bishop will reappear at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday, August 23.