Burglar John McWhinnie pleads guilty to string of heists

A BURGLAR who was seen trying to enter a building using a crowbar has pleaded guilty to a string of heists in St Leonards.

John McWhinnie, 46, unemployed, of Marline Road, St Leonards, admitted six offences when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, April 15.

The charges included burglary with theft, burglary with intent to steal, and two counts of attempted burglary with intent to steal.

He also pleaded guilty to battery and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

McWhinnie was arrested by officers responding to reports of break-ins at commercial properties in Battle Road, St Leonards, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 14.

He had been detained by two members of the public having been seen having a hammer, a collection tin and stereo taken from a charity shop.

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McWhinnie will be sentenced in court on May 13.

A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “He had also been witnessed trying to enter a building using a crowbar, and damage was later found to the property.

“He was arrested and interviewed, before being charged and appearing in court. McWhinnie will be sentenced in court on May 13.

“The charges included burglary with theft, burglary with intent to steal, and two counts of attempted burglary with intent to steal.”

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