A second man has been jailed following a break-in at a car garage in Melksham.
Liam Parter, 23, of Watling Place, Sittingbourne, was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment yesterday after pleading guilty to five counts of theft from a vehicle.
It follows the sentencing of Ian Lawson, 41, of Kennedy Close, Faversham, who was sentenced to 19 months imprisonment on August 20 after he also pleaded guilty to five counts of theft from a motor vehicle.
At approximately 10.30pm on July 9, 2019, officers were called to Dick Lovett Jaguar and Land Rover in Commerce Way, Melksham, after a CCTV operator had spotted the men walking round the site and trying car door handles.
When officers attended they witnessed the men jumping over the fence towards the A350.
As officers attempted to stop them, they spotted several Land Rover headlights and grills on the ground outside the compound.
Two men were then seen running away from officers.
Officers gave chase and conducted a search, locating Lawson, before PC Ali Davies and police dog Lorrie arrived. PD Lorrie located Parter and both men were arrested.
A number of tools were found in the vicinity and damage to a number of vehicles in the compound was also discovered, with either windows smashed or headlights, tail lights and grills removed.
PC Becky Mitchell, who was involved in the foot chase, said: “The damage caused to the vehicles at Dick Lovett was estimated to be in excess of £7,300. In total, five Land Rovers were damaged and fencing required repair work.
“We were on scene immediately following the call from a vigilant CCTV operator and with the assistance of PD Lorrie were able to chase Lawson and Parter and arrest them swiftly.”