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Man who stole more than PS4,000 of fuel is jailed for three years.


A THIEF who stole more than PS4,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations across Solihull and Birmingham has been jailed.

Aman Khan, 40, was convicted of more than 48 fuel thefts and was sentenced to three years and two months in prison.

He was in custody for an unrelated incident on September 6 when PC Peter Hewer recognised him from CCTV he had been watching of a fuel theft in Shirley.

The thefts took place over the course of a year and Khan changed the vehicle and registration plates each time.

He even went back to some petrol stations more than once.

After his arrest, Khan denied he was the man in the CCTV footage. But he was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

PC Hewer, from the criminal investigation department of West Midlands Police, said: "This man had a total disregard for the law and I have no doubt he would still be carrying out further thefts had he not been caught.

"It needs to be made clear that if you steal fuel the consequences are very serious. People can be quite dismissive of fuel theft, believing it's largely a victimless crime.

"However, these offences are often committed by people who have stolen number plates from other cars or even stolen vehicles, so offenders have a negative impact on the wider community and tend to be linked to other criminality."

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Publication:Solihull News (Solihull, Birmingham, England)
Date:Dec 21, 2018
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