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Police Dog Cara helps track down Worthing burglar

A man has pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries in Worthing after being linked to multiple offences. Lee Gibson, aged 38, was arrested after breaking into a house in Marine Parade in the early hours of April 20th, stealing items such as an electric scooter, car keys, a wallet, and an iPad.

Although the occupants reported the incident to the police, they couldn’t provide a description of the suspect as they didn’t see him. However, the Dog Unit officer, PC Ryan Ashworth, was deployed along with Police Dog Cara, who tracked from the scene to Montague Street where the suspect was found.

Gibson was challenged by the officers but managed to flee on a bicycle. However, PC Ashworth noticed an electric scooter that matched the description of the one stolen in an encampment in the doorway of a nearby disused building.

As Gibson was still at large, PC Ashworth and CCTV operators continued to search for him. Eventually, Gibson was found hiding in a stairwell in Augusta Place. However, he resisted arrest and became abusive and threatening towards the officers. He was arrested for burglary and assaulting a police officer. The stolen items were recovered, and Gibson was remanded in custody to prevent further offending.

Further investigations linked Gibson to other offences, and detectives were able to charge him with numerous burglaries, including Cock’s Kitchen Café in Brighton Road, The Cricketers Inn in Broadwater, and The Park View pub in Salvington Road.

On April 21st, Gibson appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to all charges and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on May 19th.

Detective Sergeant Phil Weston-Smith praised the officers involved in the case, including forensic investigators who gathered valuable evidence. He also singled out Detective Sergeant Gary Jacobs and Detective Constable Matt Watson, who went above and beyond to build a file to present to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Weston-Smith said, “A considerable amount of work went into securing these charges against Gibson to ensure he can be held accountable for his actions and to protect the local business community from further harm. The case will now be heard before magistrates for sentencing.”

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