Career criminal jailed for theft of £148,000 worth of boats

JAILED Alexander Everett
JAILED Alexander Everett
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A CAREER criminal who admitted stealing more boats, trailers and a jetski worth more than £148,000 has been jailed.

Alexander Everett, who has a raft of previous convictions including 33 for fraud and 66 for theft, stole three rigid inflatable boats, a jetski and four trailers from firms and private owners.

The crimes took place between February and October 2011.

The 45-year-old stole a rib and a trailer from JM Yachting at Universal Marina in Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, and a Cobra rib and trailer from a private owner at Eastlands Boatyard in Coal Park Lane in Swanwick.

He also stole a trailer and jetski from RK Marine and Hamble River Boatyard in Swanwick and a Revenger 29 rib and trailer from a private owner at Chichester Marina.

In separate crimes he falsely claimed about £2,600 of transactions for goods including two laptops had been fraudulently made on his credit card.

Everett then lied to police about the purchases in two witness statements. When his bank wrote to him to say they did not think the transactions were fraudulent he responded by writing a letter of complaint.

Everett also threatened to report the bank to the financial ombudsman.

Everett, of Astrid Close, Hayling Island, admitted three thefts, one burglary, two counts of fraud and one of perverting the course of justice.

Sentencing Everett to three years and 10 months in jail, Judge Richard Price said: ‘You are a thoroughly dishonest man.

‘You committed offences without the remotest thought of the consequences to other people and that’s reflected in your record which is quite frankly appalling.’

A confiscation hearing where Everett could be ordered to repay some of his criminal gains is to be held at a later date.

Detective Constable Elizabeth D’Orsey-Peck said: ‘Everett is a career criminal who has clearly planned these crimes without consideration for the impact they will have on the victims’ personal lives or business interests and I welcome the sentence.

‘I would like to thank the marine community for their assistance in this matter and would also like to reassure them that no matter how old the crime, Hampshire Constabulary are committed robustly investigating marine-related offences.’