Police crush sweet-toothed criminal’s van

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:34 26 April 2016

Bobby Cousins' van being crushed

Bobby Cousins' van being crushed

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A Potters Bar thief will no longer be able to use his van to steal sweets after police asked the court to seize and destroy the vehicle.

Bobby Cousins' van being crushedBobby Cousins' van being crushed

Bobby Cousins, 33, of Highview Gardens, Potters Bar, had his white Ford Transit van destroyed by police on Thursday, April 21, after he stole sweets, meat and petrol from around Hertfordshire.

St Albans chief inspector Ken Townsend said: “Having a vehicle seized and crushed is unusual but given the nature of Cousins’ offending and the fact that he used his van to commit all of his crime, we were able to present enough evidence to the court to take away his only asset.

“It was very satisfying holding his number plate, knowing that he won’t be able to use this vehicle to commit crime or anti-social behaviour again.

Cousins was also disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving license for 12 months,ordered to pay £514.59 (including £300 costs) and put on a six month drug rehabilitation treatment programme.

Bobby Cousins' crushed vanBobby Cousins' crushed van

He was given the sentence on Thursday March 10 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court.

* On August 27, he stole £15.02 of diesel from Townsend filling station in Lower Luton Road in Harpenden.

* On September 12, he stole £10 worth of diesel from Tesco in Mutton Lane, Potters Bar.

* On October 11, he stole £15 worth of celebration chocolates from a Spar shop in Leverstock Green Road in Hemel Hempstead.

Bobby Cousins' van being crushedBobby Cousins' van being crushed

* On October 13, he stole a £12 box of Stella from Co-op on Lower Luton Road in Harpenden.

* On October 13, he stole six tubs of Quality Streets from the Spar shop in Village Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

* On October 13, he stole a quantity of meat from Co-op on How Wood in Park Street, St Albans.

* On October 15, he stole £80 worth of meat from Tesco Express on the Lower Luton Road in Harpenden.

Bobby Cousins' crushed vanBobby Cousins' crushed van

* On October 18, he stole three boxes of Haribos from the Co-op on Lower Luton Road in Harpenden.

* On October 18, he stole six boxes of chocolates from Tesco Express in High Street, Wheathampstead.

CI Townsend said: “Cousins is a career criminal and has been a thorn in our side for a number of years.

“He has committed anti-social crime and been a nuisance in St Albans as well as committing crimes in Hertsmere and Dacorum.

“Between April and October 2015, Cousins has been involved in numerous thefts of fuel and shopliftings.

“Although many of his offences represented relatively low values, this did not prevent the Constabulary successfully applying for the destruction order.

“We won’t hesitate to seize and crush vehicles in the future that are used to commit crime, including environmental crimes like fly-tipping. Is it really worth losing your vehicle?”


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