NOTORIOUS car criminal Christopher Walker has been snared after being caught red-handed on CCTV.
Stalking around an Audi in the Harvester car park in Eastern Road, Portsmouth, the 32-year-old was caught smashing a car window and plundering hundreds of pounds worth of items.
Hapless Walker was caught on the car’s internal CCTV, which the owner had put in after his car was previously damaged in a separate incident.
Walker won notoriety in 2010 when he was given a five-year Asbo banning him from all car parks in Portsea island.
Posters with his picture were put up warning people of his ban.
Now a judge has spared Walker jail after hearing he’s kept out of trouble since 2014 and has three children to look after with his partner.
I think you went to the Harvester, you stalked around sussing out the car to hitDistrict judge Peter Greenfield
Sentencing, district judge Peter Greenfield said: ‘Clearly on this day you and the family were struggling. I think you went to the Harvester, you stalked around sussing out the car to hit.’
He added: ‘That must have caused undue misery to the owner when he came back from a social event.
‘It was probably traumatic having his items taken from him.’
The judge sentenced Walker to an eight-week prison term suspended for two years with supervision.
Walker was electronically tagged with a four-week 8pm to 8am curfew and must complete 30 days of rehabilitation. He must also pay £200 compensation, £150 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Sgt Rob Sutton helped identify Walker on the CCTV images.
He said: ‘On this occasion the owner’s CCTV footage inside the car was the strong evidence that we needed.
‘The victim had gone out for a meal with his partner and came back to find his car broken into.
‘For anybody it’s a gutting feeling, he’s never going to get the property back.
‘He won’t get back pictures, regardless of how much the phone was.
‘The victim is not going to get much satisfaction to know that.
‘What would be better if Christopher Walker was to say what he did with it and he’ll never do that which is a real shame.’
Walker took a Toshiba laptop worth £800, and Apple iPad 3, a backpack and smashed the window of the Audi on January 31. He was found guilty of theft.
In January, Portsmouth police launched a crackdown on vehicle crime.
Sgt Janine Sanger said: ‘We implemented a range of activities to target those responsible, as well as to provide crime prevention messages to the public and to increase our plain-clothes and visible patrols.
‘We are committed to continue tackling and disrupting vehicle crime in Portsmouth and aim to bring those responsible to justice.
‘Our ultimate goal is to help prevent this type of crime. We look to the public to help us to do this by simply not leaving anything in vehicles.’