Two men convicted of burglary, theft and fraud offences in Eastbourne have been jailed for a total of 44 months.

Police were called to Wharf Road around 5am on Sunday, August 9 after a resident discovered their property had been broken into.

Two vehicles and a bank card were stolen, and enquiries found the card had subsequently been used at several locations in the town in the hours following the break-in.

Officers managed to recover the stolen vehicles the following day, and arrested William Brazil, 44, and Amos Smith, 36, after they were identified by the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team from CCTV footage from the vicinity of the burglary.

Unemployed Brazil, of Ceylon Place, Eastbourne, was charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, six counts of fraud by false representation and two counts of using a motor vehicle without insurance while Smith, unemployed, of Ersham Road Hailsham, was charged with burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, and five counts of fraud by false representation.

Both pleaded guilty in court and they were jailed for 32 months and 12 months respectively.

PC Dave Elliott said: “This is an excellent outcome as a result of great police work. Using local knowledge we were able to identify the offenders and locate and arrest them as soon as possible.

“The secondary investigation resulted in charges being authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service against both men, who then pleaded guilty at court.

 “Burglaries can have a devastating impact, both financially and emotionally, on victims and we take reports of this nature very seriously.

 “Please remember to leave homes secure at night, even if people are in. It can only take a moment for someone to steal valuable items such as keys and bank cards.”