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Serial train station burglar sentenced - Devon

A man who burgled Axminster Railway Station café on four occasions has been sentenced, following a British Transport Police investigation. 
 
Thomas Statham, 27, of High Street, Honiton, pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on 11 March and was handed an 18-week sentence, suspended for 18 months and was ordered to pay £250 in compensation. 
 
The court heard how on the 24th of September 2019, Statham broke into the station café and used the kitchen and utensils to cook food, as well as stealing cash. 
 
Statham repeated these incidents on another three occasions – 11th December 2019 and 1st and 7th March 2020. The total value of theft was almost £1,000. 
 
After using CCTV images to identify Statham, he was arrested on 10 March. 
 
BTP investigating officer Gary Archer said: “Statham claimed personal circumstances drove him to commit the burglaries. Regardless of how desperate a situation a person finds themselves in, financial difficulty is never an excuse to commit burglary. 
 
“The series of offences committed by Statham had a significant impact on the business - in addition to the lost earnings, the café was hit with costs for cleaning and repairing the damage caused." 
 

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