Payback time for teenage milk thief

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A THIEF has been forced to repay a dairy for the milk he stole from people’s doorsteps.

Between January 25 and February 9, eight bottles of milk were stolen from properties in Grosvenor Road, Belgrave Crescent and Stockbridge Road, in Chichester.

Each theft was reported to police and investigated by a local officer. Officers were able to locate the culprit, a 17-year-old boy from Bognor Regis, who made a full admission in April and has been dealt with by a community resolution.

He paid the dairy £43.32 earlier this month for the amount of milk he stole and has written letters to all those affected.

PC David Lyons, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: ‘This type of crime seems minor to some members of the community but if you are having your milk stolen on a regular basis, not only is it an inconvenience but it also has cost implications.

‘Thankfully on this occasion we were able to catch the culprit.

‘We ask that residents call us and let us know what is happening in their local areas so that we can act and do what we can to help.’