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Thatcham man pleads guilty to £700 criminal spending spree

Twenty-nine-year-old used stolen contactless card in 38 transactions across West Berkshire

Chris Ord


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A 29-year-old man from Thatcham has been convicted for theft and fraud after embarking on a £700 spending spree using a stolen contactless bank card.

Billy French of Vincent Road, was arrested and charged on September 13 and was remanded in custody to Reading Magistrates’ Court on September 14 where he pleaded guilty to theft by finding, fraud by false representation and theft from a motor vehicle.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Reading Crown Court on a date to be decided.

French was identified as a suspect after a media appeal for the theft and fraud.

He was a suspect in the theft of a handbag from Thatcham on June 24 and the subsequent use of the contactless bank card 38 times, totalling over £700, at various places between Thatcham and Newbury.

French's fingerprints were also found at the scene of a theft from a motor vehicle on July 21 in which golf clubs worth more than £1,000 were stolen from the boot of a vehicle in Theale.

PC Lisa Hill said: “I would like to thank the public for their help in catching French, we put CCTV images out in the public domain and they were shared on social media which led to French being located for the crime which had caused a lot of distress to the victim.”

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