Rochford man jailed after 23 car break-ins solved

A man who admitted breaking into 23 cars and using bank cards stolen from within the vehicles has been jailed.

Mark Harris, of Leicester Avenue, Rochford, was jailed for a total of 48 weeks after he admitted a string of charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday December 28.

The 39-year-old admitted to all 23 charges, including vehicle interference, thefts from cars and vans and fraud by false representation.

Town Centre Team officers launched an investigation after a report of a parked car being broken into in Rochford on October 2 2023.

The car owner reported a bottle of perfume, bank cards and £100 cash were stolen from the car.

Two days later the owner notified poice that there had been two declined transactions on their bank account after their card was presented in two shops.

Officers obtained CCTV which captured a man, later identified as Mark Harris, attempting to purchase goods at two shops in Rochford and Grays.

A Town Centre Team officer trawled through crime reports, identifying further incidents where cars and vans across the Rochford district had been broken into and a range of items stolen.

The officer re-opened cases and interviewed witnesses, collecting valuable CCTV showing similar modus operandi.

Mark Harris’s image was captured at several locations.
He was arrested on Christmas Eve and remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court four days later.

CCTV image of Mark Harris