Bromley post thief handed suspended 18 week sentence

PUBLISHED: 15:03 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03 19 March 2013

A Bromley man has been handed a suspended prison term after stealing from postem doing their daily rounds.

Benjamin Martin, 20, of Turpington Lane, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft at Bromley Magistrates Court last week and received an 18 week sentence, suspended for two years.

He twice snatched letters from postmen in December last year, first in Chatterton Road, Bromley, and again two days later in Johnson Road where he was chased by the Royal Mail worker and dropped a bundle of letters.

In January Martin struck again in Walpole Road, grabbing a large bundle of letters and a package. He was again chased and dropped the letters.

After viewing CCTV images, Bromley Common and Keston safer neighbourhood team targeted their patrols in order to locate Martin.

He was apprehended by members of the team in Chatterton Road on January 24.

As part of his sentence, Martin will also have to carry out 280 hours of unpaid community service and participate in an education training and employment programme for 25 days.

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