Man due in court for theft streak

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A 24-YEAR-OLD man has been accused of eight break-ins across Portsmouth — five of which were allegedly in the same night — and possessing a samurai sword.

Scott Johnston, of Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, is believed to have stolen thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes and a quantity of alcohol from three petrol stations and convenience stores in Portsmouth.

He allegedly made off with £3,000 of cigarettes from Tesco’s petrol station in Cosham on November 2 last year, and cigarettes and alcohol from Broadway service station in Drayton and Portsbridge service station in Cosham, four days later.

It is believed he also targeted Green Road service station in Southsea, Sainsbury’s petrol station in Drayton and McColls in North End the same day.

He then allegedly broke into Tesco Express in Copnor twice in the space of two weeks, on January 9 and 18.

Johnston is also accused of driving without insurance and possessing a samurai sword.

He was remanded in custody and appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates.

The case will next be heard on February 23.

For the incident on January 18, Johnston is co-accused alongside Charles Black, 22, of St Helen’s Parade, Southsea.

Black — who also faces a charge of assaulting a police officer — was bailed and appeared in court on January 25. His case will be heard again on April 4.