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Man sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for stealing defibrillator - West Sussex

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A man has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for stealing a defibrillator from Pulborough station in West Sussex.

Barry Eales, aged 42, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 July.

Eales was arrested at a Tesco store in Pulborough on 10 May this year, on suspicion of stealing some meat and when he was searched he was found to be in possession of a defibrillator.

He had stolen the defibrillator from Pulborough railway station on 7 May.

Eales pleaded guilty to the offences of shoplifting and theft and was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment.

Investigating officer, PC Imogen Sweeney, said: “The behaviour of Eales is unacceptable. Defibrillators are lifesaving pieces of equipment that Eales deprived the emergency services and members of public of when they may have needed it.

“Eales’ speedy arrest, charge and sentence sends a strong message that BTP is dedicated to making the railway a safe environment for all that travel upon it

 “When crimes like this occur, offenders can expect to be apprehended and dealt with swiftly.

 “I am pleased that the court has chosen to impose a custodial sentence in this case reflecting the seriousness with which it has been treated.  

 “I am particularly grateful for the help from PC May of Sussex Police assisted in the identification of Eales and the investigation of this matter.” 

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